Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Newcastle United hold the key towards determining the destination of the Premier league title this season.
Newcastle will be hosting leaders Manchester City at the St James’s Park on Sunday. It is a very important match for both teams given that Newcastle are chasing the final top four spot, while Manchester City are looking at the possibility of lifting their first ever Premier league title.
Following the 1-0 win in the Manchester derby, City come into the match hoping to win this match and move one step closer towards the title.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has always maintained that United have the much easier last two matches of the season, while City will have to face Newcastle and QPR.
However, it is the QPR match that is the easier of the two. Hence, there is a feeling amongst the Manchester City supporters and Sir Alex Ferguson that if Manchester City win against Newcastle, then the title is almost within their grasp.
This has led Ferguson into commenting that Newcastle hold the key towards determining the destination of the title. Newcastle come into the match on the back of a morale boosting 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which was their first win after 25 years.
“Yes. Yes, it looks like it. That’s [Newcastle] a tough game, there’s no question about that. They’ve got two games left. If they win the two games they’ve won the league. They have got to win at Newcastle, that’s the challenge for them. Newcastle, as we know, is a very difficult place to go to and they’re playing well. We hadn’t done it for eight years so their form is good and it will not be an easy game,” Ferguson said ahead of this weekend’s matches.