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Ferguson hopes to settle title-challenge in London

Sir Alex Ferguson believes the Premier League title race will go down to the wire after claiming there will be plenty more twists and turns yet as his Manchester United side head to Arsenal on Sunday.

sports Updated: Apr 30, 2011 23:33 IST
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Sir Alex Ferguson believes the Premier League title race will go down to the wire after claiming there will be plenty more twists and turns yet as his Manchester United side head to Arsenal on Sunday.

United head to Arsenal on Sunday knowing they can take a giant step closer to landing their 19th domestic title at the Emirates Stadium.

A win for the Red Devils would put them on the brink of the championship, despite nearest rivals Chelsea — who play fifth-placed Spurs on Saturday — still to visit Manchester.

The match would have carried even greater significance had Arsenal not seen their own title hopes all but disappear with defeat at Bolton last weekend.

Instead, it is United’s meeting with Chelsea on May 8th that is more likely to determine the outcome of the title race.

“I looked at the programme and I thought they had the easier run in and are now on our coat-tails. I think there’s still drama ahead. The teams at the top will drop points, including,” said Ferguson. Man United are boosted by the return of Dimitar Berbatov after a groin strain.

After the defeat at Bolton, Arsene Wenger conceded his team lacked defensive strength when it matters most. The return of Thomas Vermaelen to reserve team action this week after a seven month absence with an Achilles problem could hardly have been better timed, although this game will come too early for him.

Blackburn survive
Blackburn Rovers edged their way towards Premier League safety on Saturday when they beat Bolton 1-0 as none of their main relegation rivals could find a win. Wigan Athletic, who drew 1-1 at home with Everton, and Blackpool, goalless at home against Stoke City, both have 35 points.