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Ferguson retains hope ahead of last day decider

Ferguson retains hope ahead of last day decider

Manchester United sit behind city rivals Manchester City on goal difference with one game left to play.

Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has refused to throw in the towel on the Premier League title race after his side's 2-0 victory over Swansea as they sit behind city rivals Manchester City on goal difference with one game left to play.

The club currently trail Roberto Mancini's side on goal difference after they secured a huge victory of their own by beating Newcastle United 2-0 away on Sunday, but Ferguson remains hopeful that they can spring one final surprise when asked if he thought the title race was over.

"I've seen stranger things happen in this game of football," he told Sky Sports. "But I think the important thing is for us to go there [Sunderland away next weekend] in the right spirit, with the attitude to win the match, you never know, we'll just hope. It gives us hope, we've got next week, QPR need a point and you never know. I just wish Sparky [QPR manager Mark Hughes] was playing."

United cruised to a comfortable and routine win in their final home game of the season and Ferguson remained content with his side's display, despite failing to fully punish an out-of-sorts Swansea side with a more dominant scoreline.

"We did what we had to do and we won the match. I think that all the fans wanting us to score a lot of goals was a bit optimistic, but we had a lot of chances, particularly in the first half where we played very, very well," he said.

"In the second half, they slowed the game down and passed the ball around and they didn't really cause any bother. But they keep the ball and it becomes a defensive thing for them and becomes very strong for them and that's the secret to their game and they do it very well, so it's hard to break down."

"But I'm pleased we won the match and I'm pleased they showed a good appetite for it, because it could have easily been one of those days when their heads are all down a bit, but they weren't and they played with really good enthusiasm and I'm happy with that."

United now rely on City dropping points at relegation-threatened QPR next Sunday, while the Red Devils travel to Sunderland, otherwise the title will go to the Blues for the first time since 1968.

Michael Carrick was coy on his side’s chances, saying, "Who knows, football’s a funny game as they say and stranger things have happened in the past, but we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves. It’s not easy going up north to Sunderland, they gave us a tough game and we’ve just got to win and see what happens elsewhere."

"You’ve got to keep believing, that’s what we do. We’re professionals and we want to win things. We’ve still got a chance of winning the league, we can’t look past that, so we’ll have a good week’s training this week and keep believing.”