Time to hand Manchester United the trophy?

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Never mind all this talk of an exciting title race, the trophy’s practically in the bag for Manchester United after Wednesday night’s matches. The Red Devils moved three points clear of Arsenal with a far superior goal difference after their comfortable 2-0 win over Bolton and, providing Cristiano Ronaldo stays fit between now and the end of the season, it’s surely home and hosed for them.

Sir Alex Ferguson made the Portuguese winger captain against the Wanderers and was rewarded by another superlative display. The Press Association report that the Scot couldn’t be happier with his headline-hogging star player.

Ferguson said: “The important thing was that we had the opportunity and the incentive to go three points clear of Arsenal, our nearest pursuers.

“It’s nip and tuck now. I think it’s going to go to the wire. Chelsea will be key because they have got us and Arsenal at home.

“It’s a lead, it’s not a significant lead but it’s a lead nonetheless. With eight games to go the team who plays with the most consistency now will win it.”

Modest talk from the United manager but, as the bookmakers odds suggest, providing the Red Devils beat Liverpool, they’re well on their way to a consecutive Premier League title. By the time they travel to the Bridge on 26th April, it could already be in the bag, especially with Chelsea showing their defensive sloppiness for all it was worth at White Hart Lane.

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