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It's our own fault: Neville

NOT quite squeaky bum time but the stage is still set for a tense final day Premier League shoot-out, with Chelsea in pole position and Manchester United still counting the cost of mid-season mistakes.

"When you leave it in the hands of others you have to take the punishment for it," said skipper Gary Neville. "We hope that something happens on Sunday and we live in hope.

"If you had asked us after the Blackburn game we would have said all hope was gone. But we will be kicking ourselves on Sunday if it doesn't go our way. The mistakes we have made have been unusual. Hopefully, we don't live to regret it."

Neville's frank assessment of Manchester United's season is echoed throughout Alex Ferguson's squad.

"At one stage we had one fit defender in the squad. No team has been able to cope with that. We had three or four games in that position and ultimately it has cost us. If you are going to win the title in England you need a settled defence," claimed Darren Fletcher.

However, Fletcher hasn't given up on the title quite yet: "It doesn't look great for us, we just have to win and hope Chelsea drop points," he said.

"It is going to take a lot but we can only concentrate on ourselves. At least we are still in there fighting."

After Sunday's showdown, win or lose, Ferguson is planning big changes at Old Trafford but it seems that the Glazer family have no immediate notions of selling the cloub.

Sources close to the Glazer family have revealed that they have already turned down a £1.5 billion offer from the Middle East for the club.

The Red Knights Group is expected to offer a similar amount and speculation would suggest that there at least three other groups waiting in the wings for any sign that the Glazers are ready to sell.