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Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez has reiterated his belief that Sir Alex Ferguson attempts to exert influence over referees and accused United's Antonio Valencia of diving to secure a penalty. "We know about the influence of Sir Alex in everything," said Benitez, before adding that United's penalty was "very suspicious."
Following United's win and Chelsea's draw at Blackburn, Blues' boss Carlo Ancelotti has conceded United are now favourites to win to win the title. "We have less probability of winning the title, but we want to fight," he insisted.