“I think you'll keep seeing a lot of surprise results because it's such a tough league and I think the title is there for anyone to win or lose.”

- Sir Alex Ferguson
31/12/2010 11:30, Report by Gemma Thompson

Title there for the taking

Sir Alex Ferguson says United are one of a host of sides who have the potential to be champions this season.

The Reds are currently leading the way at the Barclays Premier League summit, but just a handful of points separate the top five with Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham hot on United’s heels.

The league is as competitive as Sir Alex has ever known it and he admits he would relish seeing the title race go down to the wire involving more than the usual two or three teams.

“There have been periods over the years where the top four were only separated by a few points with everyone saying this could be a really exciting league, but then it's always come down to two teams,” he said.

“That's happened so many times and it could happen again. But on the other hand it would be fantastic if five or six teams were involved right until the end. That’s the kind of league we dream of.

“In other countries like Spain, Italy and Germany, it's usually only a couple of teams challenging. That's why it's so exciting to see five or six sides fighting for the title in our league at the moment, and I think it's there for anyone to win or lose.”

A flurry of surprise league results almost every weekend this season has made things tighter than ever at both ends of the table. And Sir Alex fully expects to see the crazy pattern of results continue.

“Every week now you see a surprise result,” he added. “We were disappointed we lost that late goal against Birmingham on Tuesday, then the next day Arsenal drop two points against ten-man Wigan and Wolves go to Anfield and win 1-0.

“I think you'll keep seeing a lot of results like that because it's such a tough league, and as I said I think the title is there for anyone to win or lose.”


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