Second place in the Premiership will go right down to the wire on the final day of the season as Liverpool look to snatch the crucial automatic Champions League qualifcation spot from rivals Man United.
United’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough on Tuesday means United are now just one point ahead of Liverpool (80 and 79) going into Sunday’s fixtures. In the event of the two sides being level, United have a superior goal difference of four more, but it is pretty irrelevant now.
But Rafa Benitez is hopeful of catching Ferguson’s side and says the Reds go to Fratton Park with no pressure. “We can go into the game feeling no pressure. If we win, we already know there are some good records to achieve. We have already played a good season and can be happy with what we’ve done so far.”
United are at home again – where their last two results have ended 0-0 – against a Charlton side looking to give manager Alan Curbishley one final victory before he leaves. Liverpool travel to escapalogists Portsmouth.
The only other matter to be resolved in terms of qualification is fourth place, with Arsenal and Spurs in similar positions as United and Liverpool. Spurs are at Cup finalists West Ham, while Arsenal host Wigan looking to overhaul the one point advantage their North London rivals hold.
Full final day fixtures (all 3pm UK kick off:
Arsenal v Wigan
Aston Villa v Sunderland
Blackburn v Man City
Bolton v Birmingham
Everton v West Brom
Fulham v Middlesbrough
Man Utd v Charlton
Newcastle v Chelsea
Portsmouth v Liverpool
West Ham v Tottenham