London: With a three-point lead and an easier schedule for the Premier League run-in, Manchester United head to Blackburn on Monday as the favourite for the title over local rivals Manchester City.
United's trip to Ewood Park begins a run of four matches against teams currently in the division's bottom six, although manager Alex Ferguson doesn't believe that necessarily gives his team an edge over City.
"We expect a difficult game - that's the way all the games will be," said Ferguson, whose team clinched a record 19th English title with a win at Blackburn last season. "You can look at all the games and say Blackburn, Queens Park Rangers, Wigan and (Aston) Villa are all fighting for their lives. Hopefully we can navigate them."