A 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield put the pressure back on Manchester United but when they came through a tricky test at Sunderland 1-0 it meant, with one point between the two sides, that the championship will be decided next week.

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Chelsea have the advantage and know a win at home to Wigan next Sunday will give them their first title for four seasons, irrespective of what United do against Stoke at Old Trafford.

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"It would be nice to do it in front of our own fans," said the England midfielder, who scored the second goal to end Liverpool's hopes of securing Champions League football next season.

"Obviously Manchester United have a tough game but we'll never go that far (thinking they have already won). We have a big game next week.

"But we knew the Liverpool game was huge for us. We knew if we had dropped points we would have given the momentum to United."