SIR Alex Ferguson believes the race for the Premier League title is now between Manchester United and Liverpool after his side beat Fulham 3-0 on Wednesday.
Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney scored as the champions extended their lead to five points.
Liverpool are the nearest challengers, with Aston Villa in third place and Chelsea 10 points back in fourth.
And United manager Ferguson said Chelseaâ€™s recent sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari had â€œplayed into our handsâ€.
Guus Hiddink was installed as Chelseaâ€™s temporary boss last week and insisted the clubâ€™s title hopes were not over.
But Ferguson disagreed and told United Review: â€œThe title race now is going to be between ourselves and Liverpool.
â€œHowever, I shall be keeping a wary eye on Aston Villa, who seem to have picked up the baton from Arsenal.
â€œI was shocked that Chelsea should part so soon with a manager of such great experience and proven success as Scolari.
â€œTheir haste is a reflection of the sad way the game is going, with everyone from owners, the board members, the supporters and the media demanding instant success and showing absolutely no patience in the pursuit of their ambition.
â€œChelsea have called in a very experienced manager in Guus Hiddink and I am sure he will make an impact.
At the same time, he has to start from scratch, perhaps putting together his own staff and gathering round him players of his choice which may take him some time.â€ â€“â€“ BBC Sports