If Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of Manchester United, this would be the moment in which he invoked the memory of infamous racehorse Devon Loch. Only an inexplicable collapse like that of the race leader at the 1956 Grand National could cost Chelsea the title now and Ferguson was never afraid to employ the Loch analogy in an effort to ratchet up the pressure on his rivals. But let us not deceive ourselves. Injuries have come thick and fast for United and even a heavy win at Stamford Bridge...
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Chelsea were not pretty but will likely be champions. Manchester United at times oozed with aesthetic qualities, but proved themselves short of the exacting standards that will be required if they should meet their pretensions of becoming English football's best team.
Their time may come, and there were signs that they might soon be capable of duking it out with Chelsea, but the final result was a lesson served by an opponent whose success lies in getting matches won with optimum efficiency.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal expects Chelsea to wrap up the Premier League title after his side lost 1-0 to Jose Mourinho's men on Saturday, though he did not concede defeat.
With the win, Chelsea moved 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal and 11 above United, but Van Gaal wasn't giving them the trophy just yet.
"It is more logical that they win than we win," Van Gaal said. "It, for me, is not a surprise, but the possibility that they win the championship is much bigger now because...