Manchester United came from behind twice to take a point away to north-west rivals Bolton and climb to second in the Premier League but there was a distinct lack of celebrating from the visiting players at full-time.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, whose three away league games to date have all been score draws, knew that they – like Arsenal who were stunned 3-2 at home by West Brom – had blown a huge opportunity to put pressure on Chelsea, who lost for the first time at Manchester City.
As a result, the Blues are still odds-on to win the title at 4/5, with Manchester United, whose goals this afternoon were scored by Nani and Michael Owen, next in line at 9/4. Arsenal’s shock stumble against the Baggies has seen them leapfrogged by the 7/1 Citizens.
Chelsea’s challengers will be hoping that the champions struggle to recover their swagger after a difficult week, and next up domestically for Carlo Ancelotti’s men is a home match against Arsenal.
They will be confident of a return to form though having beaten the Gunners in each of their last four clashes, while Manchester United have another tough test of their own against game-raising Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The Red Devils have never before failed to win any of their first four away games in a Premier League campaign, so will hope Arsenal present them with an opportunity to make a greater dent on Chelsea’s three-point lead.
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