Fergie happy to have Chelsea in pursuit

22 April 2011 02:00
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Chelsea's looming presence will help ensure Manchester United do not get complacent during the title run-in. With Arsenal dropping points for the second time in four days and blowing the chance to exert some pressure on the Premier League leaders, who themselves failed to win at Newcastle, Chelsea have emerged as the most likely threat to United's dream of landing a record 19th championship. The Blues have collected 19 points from a possible 21 since the beginning of March, a run that started with their Stamford Bridge defeat of United that landed Ferguson with a five-game touchline ban. As Chelsea still have to face the Red Devils at Old Trafford on May 8, Petr Cech is not alone in thinking the Londoners can haul back United's current six-point advantage to retain their crown. Ferguson has far more faith in his troops than that. And rather than fear Chelsea's late season surge, the Scot actually believes it will push his side over the finishing line. "It is good to know someone is behind you," he said. "You have to recognise who is there because we cannot become complacent. In that sense we use our experience of years past in situations like this. Hopefully it will get us where we want to go."

Source: PA

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