Chris Coleman still believes Chelsea will win the Barclays Premiership this season after watching his side put a further dent in Manchester United’s own title aspirations at Craven Cottage last night.
The Fulham manager predicted that Jose Mourinho’s side would go on to clinch their first title since the 1950s after the Blues mauled his side 4-1 in the league earlier this season.
And after watching Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop clinch a point for Fulham with a stunning 30-yard drive two minutes from time, Coleman has seen nothing to make him change his mind.
United had gone ahead in the 32nd minute through England international striker Alan Smith but they paid a heavy price for their own poor finishing when Diop popped up with his late leveller.
United twice hit the post in the first half with skipper Roy Keane thumping the left-hand upright and Wayne Rooney repeating the feat on the opposite side of Edwin Van der Sar’s goal.
Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole, made captain on his 350th league appearance, also hit the woodwork in the second half as Fulham took the game to their more illustrious opponents.
United are now nine points adrift of Chelsea and Coleman remains convinced that Chelsea will finish the season on top of the rest.
Coleman said: “I think Chelsea will win the league from what I have seen. They play the same system as Manchester United but I just have the feeling that it is going to be their year.
“They have a big squad to choose from and and they have rotated that very well. Manchester United and Arsenal will push them all the way but I still think it is Chelsea who will finish top.”