Date:Saturday May 5 2007
Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson claimed they would not watch tomorrow's game between Arsenal and Chelsea that could seal the title for United.
'There isn't a chance I'll be watching the game,' Ferdinand, returning from a groin injury to see off the City attackers' challenge comfortably, said. 'I'll just be waiting for news to come through! Last weekend when we were at Everton and Chelsea played Bolton I took my son out for a walk rather than watching the games.
'A guy kept driving past me shouting the score when Everton were 2-0 up and I ended up sulking and going home. But just as I got through the door I got a text from Fletch [Darren Fletcher] and Kieron Dyer saying we were back in it. The next thing I knew we were 3-2 up and I was going mad in the house! Hopefully I'll get a few cheeky texts on Sunday evening!
'We didn't want to give Chelsea any kind of confidence going in to their game at Arsenal so it was vital we won. The pressure is now firmly on them to get a result but we know they're a good team. So we're not counting our chickens just yet. Nevertheless, hopefully Arsenal can do us a favour.'
His boss thinks along very similar lines, apparently. At our last Premiership title, in 2003, he had said after the 4-1 victory over Charlton that would not watch the game on Sunday at Highbury. The situation was very much the same, Arsenal needed a win over Leeds to keep their faint title hopes alive. As we all know, they bottled it spectacularly, lost 3-2 to hand us the trophy and as far as I know, Fergie was quickly available for the media...
Back in 1993, he was playing golf during the the Aston Villa v Oldham game and he learned on the golf course that the Latics won and United won the league. Something could happen again...
"We`ve a great chance now," Sir Alex told Sky Sports. "What you saw today was human courage. Coming back from Wednesday night and having to get through travelling and lack of rest, the players have shown fantastic courage today.
"A draw will be fine," he said, referring to the Emirates clash. "Hopefully we can get the result we want tomorrow. Saying that, if we had to go to Chelsea on Wednesday and get a result I would look forward to it."
"I`m due to go to Spain tomorrow but there`s maybe a complication with the flights, so I may have to abandon it. If it`s a good day I`ll go for a game of golf, but I won`t watch the game."
Date:Saturday May 5 2007
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