Darren Fletcher, Manchester United’s best midfielder this season, says that the pressure is piling on Chelsea with just three games to go in the Premier League. United host Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday and a win will take Sir Alex Ferguson’s side two points clear at the head of the table. The Scot says Chelsea will crack under the strain.
“They are the team with the pressure because they are the team that’s leading the league,” Fletcher told Sky Sports News.
“All the pressure is on them and we just have to take care of ourselves. I think they have been in a position where they felt they could have pulled away and been in a real strong position, but they’re not, so from that point of view all of the pressure is on them.”
Fletcher denies the United team ever believed the title was lost to Chelsea, even after the disappointing scoreless draw with Blackburn a fortnight ago. And the Scot says that beating City last added extra pressure on Chelsea in the title race
“We never thought it was gone because there is still all to play for and anything can happen. It was a disappointing time after the Blackburn game, it really looked an uphill struggle from there, but it just shows you how in one weekend things can change.
“I think by winning [against City] it put a little bit of pressure on them again and gave Tottenham something to play for, and they did us a favour.”
Fletcher, who has scored four goals in 38 appearances for Ferguson’s side this season, believes Chelsea will drop points in games against Liverpool, Stoke City or Wigan Athletic in the run-in.