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Sir Alex Ferguson writes off Chelsea's league challenge

Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson's Manchester United still have to visit Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

Sir Alex Ferguson has written off Chelsea's Premier League title chances, before he takes his Manchester United side to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

The Blues are 12 points adrift of leaders United, who see second-place Arsenal as their only rivals.

Red Devils boss Ferguson has also dismissed Chelsea captain John Terry's suggestions United could yet falter.

"Normally two teams break away when you come to the end of the season - that's the way it's looking," Ferguson said.

"I think either Arsenal or ourselves will win it."

United, who were crowned English champions for a record-equalling 18th time in 2009, would stretch their lead at the top of the league to four points over Arsenal if they win their game in hand on the Gunners at Wigan on Saturday.

A victory would also take the Red Devils 15 points clear of Chelsea, who do not play this weekend.

And Ferguson rejected Terry's claim earlier this week that United could struggle to deal with the pressure of heading the Premier League table.

"You try things. We all try things," the 69-year-old United boss added. "But it won't be easy [for Chelsea] to come back from that kind of points deficit.

"I said some time ago, the team that is most consistent would win the league. That is why I stress that we have to keep our momentum going and get that consistency."


United striker Michael Owen could face Wigan after recovering from injury, while Ryan Giggs could also return after missing last week's FA Cup victory over Crawley Town and the goalless Champions League draw with Marseille.

United suffered their first league defeat of the season, a 2-1 reverse at Wolves, in their last away game in the Premier League.

As well as the Stamford Bridge meeting - which is followed by a Sunday afternoon clash with Liverpool at Anfield - United still have to face Chelsea at Old Trafford on 7 May, six days after they take on Arsenal at the Emirates.

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