3 May 2010

Premiership race goes down to the wire

4:08 pm on 3 May 2010

Chelsea and Manchester United both held their nerve to ensure the English Premier League football race goes to the last day of the season.

United beat Sunderland 1-0 just hours after leaders Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-0, leaving Sir Alex Ferguson's defending champions still a point behind Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Chelsea can win the title for the first time since 2006 if they beat Wigan at home this time next week.

But United will claim a record 19th English championship if Chelsea drop points and they beat Stoke at Old Trafford.

Chelsea were given a kickstart in Monday morning's match at Anfield by Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard, whose poor back-pass presented Didier Drogba with the first scoring opportunity.

Fulham also best West Ham 3-2 at Craven Cottage.