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Title race still alive - Ferguson

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson was delighted with the win over Liverpool

Sir Alex Ferguson still believes three teams are in the Premier League title race despite his Manchester United side increasing their lead to five points.

United's advantage was six points following their 3-0 win over Liverpool, before Chelsea reduced the gap with a 2-1 victory against Arsenal.

"The title race is going right to end of the season because Chelsea and Arsenal are playing well," he said.

Chelsea boss Avram Grant added: "We are chasing and are now closer to the top."

Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge on 26 April - a game that could prove to be the title decider.

Arsenal, who Chelsea leapfrogged to take second place, are now six points behind United and face a trip to Old Trafford which may also have a bearing on the destination of the Premier League crown.

Ferguson was understandably ecstatic with the win over fierce rivals Liverpool and believed his side played as well as they have done all season at Old Trafford.


"It was a really good performance - a performance of maturity," said Ferguson.

"We've seen a team mature over the last six months and today they hit their high peak."

That will serve as a warning to Chelsea and Arsenal, although striker Didier Drogba, who scored both goals against Arsenal, is confident the Blues can spring a surprise.

"I think the win gave our club the belief we are still in the race against United," said the Ivory Coast forward.

"Arsenal are not out of it yet but I'm not sure what this defeat has done for their confidence.

"I hope we can go on and win the title. The way we celebrated today showed how much the league means to the team."

Drogba's performance pleased Grant, who is adamant his top marksman is back to his best.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
We will fight until the end and we are not worried about the future

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

"Didier was not so good when he came back from the African Nations Cup but last week against Spurs he was better, and today he was very good," said the Israeli, who saw his side fall behind to a Bacary Sagna goal.

Manager Arsene Wenger refused to rule out his Arsenal side's chances in the title race despite this latest blow which means that the Gunners have not picked up a win in six league games.

"We will fight until the end and we are not worried about the future but are disappointed now, obviously," said the Frenchman.

"Today we were unlucky and I thought we played well. We were 1-0 up and were unlucky with their first goal, which I thought was really offside.

"Nicolas Anelka came on for them and they decided to play long-ball, which put us under a lot of pressure, and that was the only way they could trouble us.

"In the end we lost the game. It is disappointing because we gave everything but now the priority has to be the next game."

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
23 Mar 08 |  Premier League
Man Utd 3-0 Liverpool
23 Mar 08 |  Premier League
Premier League as it happened
23 Mar 08 |  Premier League
Sunday's football photos
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Benitez backs sent-off Mascherano
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