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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Is Ferguson being generous saying it’s a two horse race?

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has dismissed Chelsea's Premier League title hopes, but given his side's run of form he is perhaps being generous to Liverpool by saying they still have a chance.

"The title race now is going to be between ourselves and Liverpool," Ferguson wrote in the programme for the 3-0 home win over Fulham that sent the champions five points clear of Liverpool and 10 ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea.

The champions look unstoppable at the moment, with Wayne Rooney scoring on his return from injury and Paul Scholes in fine fettle despite not always being a regular these days. 

Is it all over or will there be a late twist in the tale?

Ferguson thinks Aston Villa could continue to surprise.

"However I shall be keeping a wary eye on Aston Villa, who seem to have picked up the baton from Arsenal," he said.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Hiddink tells Reuters he is in talks with Chelsea

Guus Hiddink is in talks with Chelsea about taking over as manager until the end of the season while continuing as Russia coach.

Hiddink said he was approached by the Premier League club to coach the team after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked on Monday.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Scolari sacked by Chelsea – your views

Chelsea have sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari after just over half a season in charge.

"Luiz Felipe Scolari has been dismissed as manager of Chelsea Football Club with immediate effect," a statement said on www.chelseafc.com.