United still favourites, says Xabi Alonso

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Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso believes Manchester United remain the favourites to lift the Premier League trophy this season, despite their dip in form.

The Red Devils are currently just a solitary point ahead of Liverpool, albeit Sir Alex Ferguson’s side still have a game in hand.

Their large gap at the Premier League summit has shrunk due to their back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Fulham.

However, Spanish international Alonso feels United remain in pole position to win the 2008/09 title, and in doing so, equalling Liverpool’s record of 18 English League titles.

Alonso told Sky Sports News: "It's going to be difficult because we can't afford to drop many points and we know that United have a very good team.

"They are the main favourites, of course, but we are going to be doing our best to be challenging until the final weeks of the season."

The pressure, Alonso believes, is on United. "They are the champions," he added. "They are in the best position and they have that advantage. We have to do our job and try to make things difficult for them."

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