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Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson hopes for Wigan favour

Nani celebrates scoring the winner against Sunderland
Man Utd kept the pressure on Chelsea thanks to Nani's goal

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful that Wigan can get a result at Chelsea to turn the Premier League title race in his side's favour.

United's 1-0 win at Sunderland ensured the crown will be won on the final day of the season on Sunday when his team host Stoke and Wigan visit Chelsea.

"I wouldn't say it's a sealed result against Wigan by any shadow of a doubt," said Ferguson.

"They're a good team, they'll have a go and you never know. It's a crazy game."

Ferguson did concede he might be "clutching at straws", and added: "Manchester City did us a great turn when they beat Chelsea twice. Wigan are neighbours too.

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"All we can do is win our home game. We want to win in front of our fans on the last day of the season.

"There will be 76,000 there, we will play the right way and we will play with a lot of dignity in our game. You never know."

Chelsea's 2-0 victory at Liverpool earlier in the day meant United had to beat Sunderland to keep their title hopes realistically alive and they did so, thanks to a first-half Nani strike after spurning several other opportunities.

"We were just careless in our finishing, I suppose," said Ferguson. "It looked that way. We had great chances.

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"They probably felt they were comfortable but we got there, that's the important thing, three points. A 1-0 victory away from home is always a good result."

However, Chelsea remain favourites to win their first Premier League crown since 2006, which would end United's hopes of a fourth successive league title and a record 19th in total - overhauling Liverpool's mark of 18.

And Ferguson could not hide his disappointment at the manner of Chelsea's opening goal at Anfield on Sunday, which saw Steven Gerrard play a dreadful back-pass into the path of Didier Drogba.

"I just saw it after the game," said Ferguson.

"It was a great gift. There's nothing we can do about it now, we just have to get on with it."



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