LONDON - Final-day twists in the race for the Premier League title are extremely rare but Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson knows from experience that strange things can sometimes happen under pressure.
His side must beat Stoke City at home on Sunday and hope that Wigan, among the worst travellers in the top flight, can prevent Chelsea winning at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are favourites to prevent United winning a record 19th English title on Sunday but their manager Carlo Ancelotti, like Ferguson, has been around the game long enough not to be counting his chickens just yet.
Ferguson, always keen to play a few mind games, said United are now clutching at straws after a 1-0 win at Sunderland last week at least extended the battle to Sunday's finale.
One thing is guaranteed, however, and that is that his side will finish with all guns blazing against Stoke.
"We have a chance to win the league and we will fight until the end," United's Nani said this week.
Ancelotti, whose side lead the table by a point, will be well aware that only a win against Wigan is likely to be enough.
"We play at home and it is always good if you can win a title at home," said goalkeeper Petr Cech.
United have been involved in four last-day deciders, the first of which, in 1995, left a bitter taste for the Red Devils.
"We've had a few of these last-day encounters over the years and we've been fortunate to win three of them," Ferguson said on United's website.
"But it's important to understand we have the experience of these things, winning and losing. So we've got to handle ourselves in the right way."
All eyes will be on Wigan's performance. Roberto Martinez's side beat Chelsea at home this season.
The only other remaining issue to be decided on Sunday is who will finish third and avoid a Champions League qualifying tie.
Arsenal will achieve that with a point at home to Fulham though defeat could let in Tottenham Hotspur, who travel to relegated Burnley with a top-four finish guaranteed. - Reuters