28 Dec 2009

Ferguson and Wenger agree consistency the key to title

3:36 pm on 28 December 2009

Manchester United and Arsenal agree that consistency in the second half of the season will decide the English Premier League football title.

Both reeled in the faltering leaders Chelsea with United striker Wayne Rooney saying that it's "a mad league" this year with lots of teams dropping points.

The champions' forward also noted that the title race was really close, after scoring a goal, giving away another and setting up two more in a 3-1 win at struggling Hull City, cutting Chelsea's lead to two points.

Wenger's Arsenal beat fourth-placed Aston Villa 3-0 to close within four points of Chelsea, and with a game in hand over the two clubs ahead of them after Chelsea were held 0-0 by Birmingham City on Sunday.

Already this season United have been surprised by Burnley and Fulham, Arsenal have lost at Sunderland and Chelsea came unstuck at Wigan Athletic.

Wenger called their win over Villa "a massive result for the team if you look where we were a few weeks ago".

Like Rooney and his opposite Sir Alex Ferguson, the Frenchman also maintains that the most consistent team from now until March in this championship will win.