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Fulham midfielder Lee Clark insists all the pressure is on Manchester United in today’s FA Cup quarter-final tie as his side look to inflict the latest blow on Sir Alex Ferguson’s season.

But Clark admits too from bitter experience that United are still not out of the title race, having been part of the Newcastle side who blew a 12-point lead under Kevin Keegan.

“People say they’re in crisis. But they can change their season just like that, because they’ve got such quality in their squad. I’ve had first-hand experience – so I know,” he said.

“I had a space left in the trophy cabinet for the medal, but it’s full of dust now. That’s why I wouldn’t say that the title race is over.

“We only had two players – Peter Beardsley and Barry Venison – who’d won the title before, while Arsenal have been there and done it, so they might be able to hold on to this nine-point lead.

“But Alex Ferguson has been in that position, so he knows it’s far from over because anything can happen.”

Fulham have dogged United this season, having won 3-1 at Old Trafford in October and drawn 1-1 at Loftus Road last weekend, but Clark insists all the expectations are still on Ferguson’s side.

“Who expects us to win? Hardly anyone. But there’s pressure on them, because they are always expected to win at Old Trafford,” he said.

“I hope that lack of pressure on us will make us play relaxed football so that we put on another good performance and shock everyone again. These are special games.”

Clark, fit again after missing last weekend’s game through injury, scored after just three minutes at Old Trafford and insisted: “That’s got to be one of the club’s very best results.

“Everyone, including their manager, said we deserved to do it. We had all our players at their peak, and United didn’t play to their usual high standards. If we’re going to get another result there that will have to happen again.”

While United have a vital Champions League second leg against Porto just three days later, Fulham have lost a key player since their victory in October.

Louis Saha scored against them for United last weekend but is cup-tied, having played a decisive role in his former club’s narrow third-round victory against Cheltenham.