FOOTBALL NEWS

25/02/2011 22:30, Report by Gemma Thompson

Title race down to two

For much of this season the title race has looked like being one of the most open for years, but as so often is the way two teams have broken away with Sir Alex admitting that the championship crown seems likely to be heading to either Old Trafford or the Emirates.

In the last few weeks United and Arsenal have stretched their advantage over the chasing pack of Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea. And while the Reds have a big week of matches in the league, including a trip to Stamford Bridge, Sir Alex says it’s looking more and more likely that it’ll be either United or Arsenal lifting the Premier League trophy in May.

“I’ve said before that normally you have two teams breaking away. It’s looked open at particular moments in the season and it has been for the last few years, but then all of a sudden as you come towards to the end there are always two teams,” the boss told reporters on Friday.

“That’s the way it’s looking at the moment – I think either ourselves or Arsenal will win it.”

The Reds’ championship credentials will be put under severe pressure in the coming week with three away games on the trot, including trips to Chelsea and Liverpool.

“Our away form has not been as good as it normally is. We have these three away games now and that’s the test for us,” added Sir Alex.

“We showed good resilience against Marseille. It was a solid result and a solid performance from us. We defended very well and defending is going to be the name of the game. If we get that stability and concentration we’ll be very difficult to beat.”

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