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Sunday 19 November 2017

Fergie left clutching at straws

ALEX Ferguson admits that his Manchester United side are "clutching at straws" in the final week of the Premier League season as Chelsea now have one hand firmly on the championship, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

A 1-0 win for United away to Sunderland yesterday, a game marred by an horrific knee injury picked up by Sunderland's Ireland star David Meyler, meant little as Chelsea picked up a 2-0 win away to Liverpool to retain their one-point lead over United. Carlo Ancelotti's men will win the title if they beat Wigan next Sunday, no matter what happens in United's final game at home to Stoke City.

Wigan did beat Chelsea this season, 3-1 at the DW Stadium back in September, but Ferguson admits it's unlikely to happen.

"All we can do is win our game. We want to do that in front of our fans on the last day of the season. I wouldn't insult Wigan because they're a really good footballing team. They'll have a go and you never know in football. It's a crazy game," said the United boss.

"We are clutching at straws a little bit, but the important thing is for us to win our game."

Chelsea boss Ancelotti will work hard this week to keep his players focused on beating Wigan.

"All we can do is train and wait. I always said the title will be decided on the last day of the season and now that is the case," said the Italian after yesterday's 2-0 win at Anfield.

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