So have Chelsea blown the title race wide open?

FRANK LAMPARD’S penalty looks to have breathed new life into the title race. United are still in the driving seat but with Liverpool up next, a march towards a record 19th league title is now not such an inevitability.

United’s run-in
6 Mar Liverpool (A)
19 Mar Bolton (H)
2 Apr West Ham (A)
9 Apr Fulham (H)
16 Apr Newcastle (A)
23 Apr Everton (H)
1 May Arsenal (A)
7 May Chelsea (H)
14 May Blackburn (A)
22 May Blackpool (H)

Judging by their record on the road any game away from Old Trafford represents a potential stumbling block. Other than the trip to Arsenal, visits to the Parks, St James’ and Ewood, could provide problems.

At this stage of the season United will hope to avoid any unnecessary replays in the FA Cup, while European demands will place extra pressure on a squad which is far from a vintage one in terms of strength in depth.

It has to be Arsenal. Theoretically the Gunners’ destiny is their own hands. It’s a tall order, but win their remaining fixtures and they’ll be champions.

Too little too late. Their focus is on cementing fourth place and Champions League qualification.