Papers: Ready for battle
Fight to the last
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson picked up the gauntlet of Arsenal's title challenge last night and declared: 'We'll fight you to the finish.' Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Blackburn on Monday and United's derby defeat by Manchester City on Sunday left the Barclays Premier League champions five points behind Arsene Wenger's men with 12 games left, while Chelsea are just three points behind the Old Trafford side. Ferguson said: "It's something the neutrals will all be enthralled by. We know the job we've got to do. Arsenal still have to come to Old Trafford and they have got to go to Chelsea. It was an important weekend for Arsenal in that ourselves and Chelsea dropped points, but points will be dropped by the top teams. There is a long way to go and it makes it interesting now. It's going to be a really good, tight finish. It's like I said at the start of the season. I think it will go to the wire."Matt Barlow, Daily Mail
Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson
believes United will still win the title, despite Arsenal's five-point advantage.
In other news, John Obi Mikel
cried the day he joined Chelsea because he wanted to play for United, according to reports in the Daily Mirror
. Morgan Andersen
, director of Norwegian club Lyn, made the revelation during a court hearing. He is accused of forging Mikel's contract to show they had the rights to sell him to United before his agent took him to Chelsea.