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Man Utd are favourites - Torres

Fernando Torres
Torres believes 14 March will be the crunch date in the title race

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres believes Manchester United are favourites to win the Premier League title after their 3-0 win over Chelsea.

The Anfield outfit head the table but United, who are five points behind in third place, have two games in hand.

"They are the favourites and the champions right now and have shown over the years they are a very powerful team," said the 24-year-old Spaniard.

"They have two more games to play. If they catch up they will be top."

Torres, who was one of the nominees for the Fifa Player of the Year award, which was won by United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, believes Liverpool's match at Old Trafford on 14 March could decide the destination of the title.

"We know we have Old Trafford waiting for us and Arsenal and Chelsea at home - we have to fight until the very end," added the forward.

"The match at Old Trafford could turn out to be the decider and we hope we can be on an equal footing when we go there and try to win the match at a place that has not been advantageous for us in the past."

United play host to Wigan on Wednesday before visiting Bolton on Saturday.

Wins would result in Sir Alex Ferguson's side gaining the advantage in the title race, with Liverpool not playing their next Premier League match until Monday - when they face Everton in a Merseyside derby at Anfield.

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