London, Dec. 30 (ANI): Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes this season's Premier League title race is so open any one of eight teams who have a chance of winning it.
"History tells you that two teams always break away at the end. That's what normally happens. But itms not looking like that at the moment. It's so tight that when you see it grouped up like it is, even the team down in eighth place will start to think 'maybe we can do it this year," The Mirror quoted Ferguson, as saying.
"Football is like that, it gives you optimism. Sometimes unrealistic, but that's what you should do - you should be optimistic about your chances," he added.
"Before they lost at Arsenal, Aston Villa's form was the best in the Premier League. They'd beaten us, Chelsea and Liverpool, and their form was outstanding. They've suffered a defeat but do you think Martin O'Neill is suddenly thinking they've got no chance? Absolutely not," he said.
Fergie believes United, who can cut Chelsea's lead to two points with victory over Wigan at Old Trafford tonight, have yet to hit their best form this season.
"But the important thing now is that we have players coming back and we can hopefully find the consistency we normally do in the second half of the season," he said.
"With all the problems we've had with injuries to defenders, I'd have definitely accepted being two points off the top of the table by the end of the year. At the start of the season I saw Chelsea as the biggest danger to us and I havenmt changed my mind out about that," he concluded. (ANI)