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02 May 2011
CHELSEA COULD WIN TITLE AFTER MAN UTD LOSS - FERGUSON

Sir Alex Ferguson criticised referee Chris Foy after seeing his Manchester United side lose 1-0 at Arsenal to leave the title race wide open.

Though conceding Arsenal had a case for a penalty, the United manager bemoaned Foy's failure to give the league leaders one of their own late on.

"It gives Chelsea a major chance now - and that's what happens when you get these decisions," he told Sky Sports.

Chelsea trail by three points but will go top if they beat United on Sunday.

Foy missed a clear handball from Nemanja Vidic with Arsenal's Robin van Persie poised to glance Theo Walcott's cross at goal before half-time.

"It's too big a game not to get the decisions right," added Ferguson.

"It balances out in that respect. I think it was difficult to see that one [Vidic's handball] but the one at the end, Clichy knew [he had committed a foul]. He put his hands up in horror.

"But in terms of ability and a game at Old Trafford [against Chelsea] - the supporters will be ready for it - and so will our players.

Bad result. But still in our hands. We have to move on to Wednesday now," Rooney wrote on his Twitter page. ahead of an old Trafford meeting with Schalke in which United will be confident of defending a two-goal lead.

Owen added on his own Twitter feed that he was absolutely certain he had been brought down for a penalty: "Not seen tv replay but don't need to as I know mine was a pen," he wrote.

"Heard people saying Arsenal should of had one too so can't complain too much. Important to put today behind us now and focus on things we can affect in the future. Still in a great position so time for one final push."

While the result was a huge boost for Cheslea's title chances, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger added that his side will "keep fighting" for the Premier League title despite sitting six points off the leaders.

"I have not given up any hope, because we want to fight until the last second of the season," he said.

"We were really unlucky this season until now. Let's hope we have a bit more luck in the final three weeks - you never know.

"We had a good performance with everything in it - discipline, fighting spirit and our usual passing game.

"Until we scored the goal, I feel we controlled the game completely, then - because we had not won a lot recently - we tried to protect our advantage and were a bit under pressure.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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