12 Apr 2010

United title hopes hit by draw at Blackburn

7:29 am on 12 April 2010

English football champions Manchester United had a horror week last week - and this one doesn't look like getting any better.

In a third major blow in eight days, United have drawn nil-all at All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen's Blackburn Rovers.

The draw follows their Champions League exit on away goals to Bayern Munich on Thursday and last weekend's home loss to Premier League title rivals Chelsea.

The two dropped points are another setback in Man U's bid for a fourth consecutive Premier League title - it puts them one behind Chelsea with five games left, and the Blues have a game in hand on the Red Devils.

And Liverpool's hopes of playing in next season's Champions League look all but over after they were also held nil-all at home by fellow Europa League semi-finalists Fulham.

No such problems with scoring goals for Manchester City, who consolidated their hold on fourth place by thrashing Birmingham City 5-1 to go four points clear of Tottenham.

Wolverhampton Wanderers also played out a goal-less draw at home to Stoke City.