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"There can be a very fine line between winning and losing the title. On Sunday afternoon we’re going to be on one of those lines and at ten to five, we'll be either over it or under it."

- Denis Irwin

12/05/2012 08:25, Report by Adam Bostock
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Run-in pundits: Irwin

ManUtd.com assembled a trio of experts to dissect the title race before each round of fixtures in April and May. To round off the series, United legend and MUTV pundit 

Denis Irwin

gives us his thoughts ahead of Sunday's decisive games at Sunderland and the Etihad Stadium...

It’s been a roller-coaster last month and a half. Obviously we’ve lost to Wigan and Man City but I think myself and a lot of other fans feel the two points dropped against Everton were two massive points really, particularly as we were at home. You don’t want to drop points at home. After that match, the title was in both teams’ hands until City beat us in the following game.

It's not nice going into the final game relying on someone else to do you a favour. I’m not sure if anyone has come from second place on the last day of the season to win the Premier League. We certainly went down to West Ham in ’95 knowing that the ball was in Blackburn’s court. They lost away to Liverpool but we couldn’t take advantage, we only drew down at West Ham. It’s similar to that scenario this Sunday in that we’ve got to look after ourselves and make sure we win our game. Because there’d be no worse feeling than if City fail to win and we do likewise. Hard as it may be, we’ve got to focus on ourselves and make sure we win the game at Sunderland.

If our result matches City's - win, lose, or draw - then we'll lose the title on goal difference and we might look back at certain games during the season where we might have kicked on and scored more goals, especially at home. But when was the last time a title was won on goal difference? I think it was over 20 years ago, when Arsenal pipped Liverpool in 1989. So it very rarely happens but if it does happen on Sunday then it just proves how fine a line it is between winning and losing, it really does.

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