Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United players that the Premier League title race is far from over after predicting that his side 'will drop points' in March and April.
United, who completed stage two of their bid for a clean sweep of five trophies this season by lifting the League Cup at Wembley on Sunday, face Newcastle at St James' Park on Wednesday.
By then Ferguson's men could have seen their lead at the top cut to four points if Chelsea claim victory at Portsmouth on Tuesday, or if Liverpool overcome Sunderland.
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has insisted that his team can still win the league and Ferguson, whose side have difficult fixtures against Liverpool and Aston Villa coming up, admits that the coming weeks will be pivotal in the outcome of the title race.
The Scot said: "I keep saying it and nobody seems to listen, but March and April are the months that decide the league title.