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Benitez: United in driving seat
22 Apr 2009 - 07:29:46
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted Manchester United are in the driving seat in the title race following his side's 4-4 draw with Arsenal.
The Reds moved back to the top of the Premier League table on goal difference despite dropping two points as Andrey Arshavin scored all four of Arsenal's goals in a remarkable night at Anfield.
Two goals each from Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun - the second of which came in stoppage time - secured a point for the home side, but Benitez has conceded that might not be enough.
United now have two games in hand on their Merseyside rivals ahead of their own meeting with Portsmouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
"United are in the driving seat and we will see what happens," said Benitez.
"If they win it will be more difficult but they have to win and they also have to play against Arsenal so we will see.
"We have a point against a good team and we are top. We have to keep pushing until the last game. It's football, you never know."
Meanwhile, Benitez admitted defensive mistakes on the night had cost his side any chance of victory.
"It is really disappointing because we conceded four goals and normally we were not conceding these kind of goals," he continued.
"We made massive mistakes. It is difficult to explain because it was different players in different stages of the game.
"You don't remember any save from Pepe (Reina). It is just four chances and four goals and all of them have been our mistakes.
"The positive thing is we have scored four goals against Arsenal and the team was fighting and working hard.
"We know this has to be the way until the end of the season."