Fletcher tries spot of mind games

Darren Fletcher has clearly learnt from his manager at Manchester United by suggesting yesterday that Chelsea are feeling the strain as the race for the title reaches a climax.

"They were in a situation where they might have felt they could have pulled away and be in a real strong position but they are not," the midfielder said. "We never thought it had gone but it was a disappointing time after the Blackburn game [a 0-0 draw]. It was an uphill struggle but it just shows you in one weekend things can change."

Paul Scholes' winner in the derby against City not only gave United bragging rights but, more importantly, revived their challenge for a record fourth successive crown. "Winning that game gave Tottenham something to play for and they did us a favour [against Chelsea]. We are a point behind now. All we can do is win our games. That's all we can do."