Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted his side now face an uphill task to beat Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title after a disappointing 0-0 at Blackburn yesterday.
Ferguson’s men missed a number of chances to win the game at Ewood Park and are now a point behind Chelsea having played a game more.
The result was the culmination of a bad spell for United who lost to Chelsea last weekend and were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Talking about the title race Ferguson said the result at Blackburn was “a blow” that would make it “really difficult to win the league now”. The Scotsman even went as far to say the title has “slipped away” from his side and Chelsea’s Premier League odds do make them strong odds on favourites to win the title.
Still, talking up his opponents may well be a play from Ferguson to file the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti’s team. United are still only one point behind the current leaders and it would only take one negative result for Chelsea to throw things wide open again.
Ferguson carried on his ‘Chelsea have more or less won it’ attitude by saying that they have “an easy game” against Bolton on Tuesday. The Manchester United manager clearly expects the Blues to pick up three points in that game and go four points clear.
As for his own side’s most recent game, Ferguson admits that they should have found the back of the net at least once. He said “we had chances in the game”, “dominated possession” and “should have done better” in terms of an end product.
However, Manchester United will no doubt carry on fighting and hope Chelsea slip up again at some stage. In the mean time, Ferguson’s team take on fierce rivals Manchester City at Eastlands on Saturday, and this will be the main focus of attention for the next week or so.
Fullback Wes Brown could be back in contention for that game, and he will be looking to prove his fitness ahead of the Football World Cup.