Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

United Will Win Title for Years, Says Bruce; Former Old Trafford Skipper Insists the Club Will See off Their Rivals for a Long Time to Come as They Move in on Another Crown at Wigan. by Neil Johnston

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

United Will Win Title for Years, Says Bruce; Former Old Trafford Skipper Insists the Club Will See off Their Rivals for a Long Time to Come as They Move in on Another Crown at Wigan. by Neil Johnston

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Byline: Neil Johnston

STEVE BRUCE believes Chelsea and Arsenal will have to wait years before they win the title again after tipping Manchester United to dominate the Premier League for the foreseeable future.

Former United captain Bruce has labelled Sir Alex Ferguson's Champions League finalists as "mind blowing" ahead of tonight's game against his Wigan side.

United will require just one point in their penultimate League game against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday to clinch the title for the third successive year if they win at the JJB Stadium.

And Bruce, who served Ferguson for nine years as a player, believes Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea will continue to battle for the consolation prize of runners-up spot in the future as United show no sign of weakening.

The Wigan manager was an influential figure in the United team which won the Double in 1994 and said: "That team were a terrific team but in terms of depth, this squad are just mind blowing. They can make all those changes without being any different.

"What will it mean if they win the Champions League and Premier League again? It seems to last half a day with Sir Alex and then he's back at work. With the team he has got he will want to finish above Liverpool in terms of League titles.

"As far as the Champions League is concerned, Real Madrid are maybe out of reach with nine.

"But he will be wanting to be up there with Liverpool, who have won it five times, and Bayern Munich and Ajax, who have both won it four times." Bruce insisted that he won't allow his team to roll over and die tonight, despite his obvious affection for United. He added: "There is an honesty about the Premier League.

"People will give everything, the honesty of the League demands that.

"We are expected to put on a performance.

We did last season at this same time against United when they won the title here. But we should have had a penalty, a blatant one from Rio Ferdinand, and that could have made all the difference.

"But we gave them a hell of a game then and we will certainly do the same this time.

"Against the big boys, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, here we have given them a run for their money and I hope we can match the standards we have set for ourselves. …

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