Beat Chelsea and the title is ours, says Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United manager insists his side will go on to win the league if they beat Chelsea on Sunday
Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced Manchester United will go on to claim a record 19th title if his side beat Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United would need just a point from their remaining two games against Blackpool and Blackburn to be crowned champions if they overcome Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
And the United boss is under no illusions about the importance of Sunday’s clash with just three points separating the two sides.
“Everyone is aware of the magnitude of Sunday’s game,” said Ferguson. “If we win, we should win the league. It is a game we are looking forward to.
“Last Sunday’s result [at Arsenal] has certainly brought us an awareness of how important this week’s game is.
“It is one of the reasons why I picked the team I did on Wednesday. I wanted to give us a real chance.
“We will have a fresh team on Sunday and that makes a difference at this time of the season. It should be a fantastic game.”
United will be boosted by the return of Wayne Rooney after the striker missed Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final win over Schalke with a hamstring strain.
Meanwhile, midfielder Nani believes United have a “psychological advantage” going into Sunday’s Premier League showdown.
The Portuguese winger says United’s remarkable record at Old Trafford, where they have taken 49 points out of a possible 51 this season, coupled with their recent Champions League quarter-final triumph over the Blues, will give them an edge.
“The most important game now is Chelsea not Barcelona,” he said. “It will be very difficult. But we are at home and we have had good experiences against them.
“We know if we want to win the game we have to play with confidence. The results against them in the Champions League were very good. I think that gives us the psychological advantage.
“We just have to concentrate on our football and winning the game. If we do that then everything will be fine.”
The winger added: “If we win this one then it is a great advantage for us. It is nearly over then. We have a great chance.”