United on verge of 19th league title

Manchester United have one hand on the Barclays Premier League title following their 2-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, a win which pushed them six points clear of the Pensioners. United need just one point from last two games, away to Blackburn on Saturday and home to Blackpool on Sunday week to clinch their 12th Premiership, or 19th English league title overall. much of the credit for their great run in recent years must go to Alex Ferguson. When the Scot took over at Old Trafford in 1986 United had 7 League titles, while Liverpool were on 16. Now United has overtaken their great rivals, who have never won the Premier League.

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At the other end of the table former Irish manager Mick McCarthy saw his Wolverhampton Wanderers team beat West Bromwich 3-1 to climb out of the relegation zone. Wolves now have 37 points and their final two games are against Sunderland and Blackburn. The bottom three are: West Ham (33), Wigan (36) and Blackpool (36). Robbie Keane had a great opportunity of making himself a hero with West Ham fans, but the on-loan Dubliner a late easy chance that would have given the Hammers all three points against Blackburn at Upton Park.

West Ham still have a slim chance of escaping the drop as they play fellow strugglers Wigan on Sunday next and are at home to Sunderland on Sunday week.