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Steve McClaren still believes his old club Manchester United will win the Premier League crown.

United suffered a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which left the clubs locked on 81 points with two games each to go.

"If it goes down to the wire they (United) have the experience and character to come through that" - Steve McClarenDespite the loss, United remain on top due to their vastly superior goal difference.

McClaren believes that his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, has the experience and know-how to get his side across the finishing line.

"There's always pressure at Manchester United and people take their lead from the manager. He has the experience, the belief, the stature, the charisma, and he has won it before," McClaren said.

"That's what the players look to, they'll look to a manager and other players who have done it before."

Ferguson has been criticised for resting star players against Chelsea ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg with Barcelona but McClaren believes he was looking at the big picture.

The former England boss said: "He (Ferguson) knew they had three opportunities to win the league. They have let one slip and they will make sure they don't waste the other two.

"With West Ham and Wigan still to play, I believe United are still favourites.

"They are phenomenal at home, and when they have to go to Wigan, they (Wigan) will be safe.

"If it goes down to the wire they (United) have the experience and character to come through that."
 
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