As Chelsea and Arsenal's results from last night sink in at Old Trafford, Manchester United look to be in pole position to take out the title with five games to go.
Should Manchester United win all their home games - which their current record this season of 15 won, 1 drawn and 0 lost suggests they should do – they will win three out of their five remaining games and should take out the title based on goal difference, even if Chelsea or Arsenal pick up the two games that currently separate third and second from first.
Yesterday Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said that although the draw on Tuesday with Newcastle was disappointing, the title charge is still well and truly in United's favour.
"I'm confident we'll be fine now as that was a hard one to get over," Ferguson said of the Newcastle game.
"At this stage of the season, we're in a better position than we were on Saturday as there's one less game and five games left.”
And after Arsenal blew a 3-1 lead to draw with Tottenham last night, two games separate any team from challenging Manchester United’s title charge. And with that in mind, the challenge to take back the trophy from Chelsea is looking more likely than ever.
Chelsea still have three home games up their sleeves, and will be looking to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford when the two face off on May 8. But Old Trafford has become something of a fortress for United this season, and after defeating Chelsea both away and home in the do or die Champions League quarter final, United look to have the upper hand.
United starlet Chris Smalling recently said that the Manchester United squad get a special feeling when they run out onto Old Trafford, and this has been demonstrated in their fine home form.
“Obviously we’ve not won that many away games, but we’ve not lost that many either. I think maybe everybody just feels more belief and confidence playing at home,” Smalling said.
“The fans have been right behind us all the way, and hopefully we’ll keep winning all our home games until the end of the season.
“I think a lot of it is down to the fans and the confidence they give us.”
And should United win their three home games, the Barclays Premier League trophy will be as good as Old Trafford’s.