ManUtd.com has assembled a team of experts to dissect the title race before each round of fixtures. This week, it's the turn of United legend and MUTV pundit Denis Irwin to give us his thoughts...
People talk about the title race being back on after the midweek results, but I don’t think it was ever off. It’s only ever finished when someone is confirmed as champions.
Obviously before Wednesday’s defeat at Wigan we had a very healthy lead over Manchester City, but despite the fact the advantage has been cut to five points we’re still very much in pole position. We’ve now got two home games to come and you always have to feel confident we can get the job done at Old Trafford.
Neither Sunday’s game against Aston Villa or next weekend’s match against Everton are going to be easy though because every team is fighting for points. We saw that on Wednesday at the DW Stadium where Wigan pulled off a shock win. It was just one of those off nights for us. There have been plenty in the past and there will be plenty more in the future. It wasn't about complacency, it was simply just an off day. You have to give credit to Wigan for the way they played, but not enough of our players played well and to the standard we’ve seen in the last few months. Those nights can happen and when they do you just have to forget about them and move on.
People have talked about how much we missed Paul Scholes the other night but he isn’t the sole reason why we lost. Of course he’s important, but we all know he won’t play every game. He’s 37 now and the manager knows how best to manage players - it would be a lot to ask Scholesy to play three games in a week. Sir Alex has said he’ll be back on Sunday though and that will only benefit us.
Getting over a defeat quickly is very important. Players think about things differently to supporters – when you’re on a really good run you never get on too much of a high like fans do, and on the flipside when you lose games you can’t allow yourself to get too down. You have to move forward and look to put things right as soon as possible, and that’s what United are always very good at doing.