Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink paid tribute to Manchester United's coolness under pressure as the Reds prepare to retain their title.
United need just a point from Saturday's home game with Arsenal to hang on to the Barclays Premier League crown.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side held their nerve under pressure from Liverpool and Chelsea to stay at the summit and Hiddink says they should be congratulated for doing so.
"Every team in this tough league will experience some period of 'less performances', which is normal," said Hiddink. "In that period, the quality of United was not to panic, to stick to their jobs.
"They could cope with the pressure because there was more pressure on Chelsea and Liverpool not to lose points, which we did with one defeat and a draw. They have a lot of experienced players, a lot of experience with their manager.
"They did not panic. Credit to them. They know how to play 'championship'. They are used to that. Many new teams who want to become champions might become a bit nervous on the edge of becoming champions. They did not."