United travel to Sunderland for the final game of the season and are a top priced 1.44 to beat the Black Cats and keep alive their slim hopes of retaining the title.

The Red Devils need City to slip up in their home game at QPR, and will be hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.

The last time City won the title was back in 1968 when United blew their chance by losing to Sunderland.

So if they are to steal the title they must at least do their part of the job better than way back then.

What is vital is that they get an early goal and put the pressure on their arch rivals.

If they can take the lead then news will travel fast to the Etihad and the pressure of trying to win the title for the first time in 44 years could hopefully prove too much.

It’s a glimmer of hope that all United fans will be clinging onto, and one major plus is that relegation-threatened QPR are managed by our former striker Mark Hughes who will surely be keen to spoil the party for City.

As far as United’s game on Wearside is concerned, the stats are very heavily in their favour. Sir Alex’s side have won 14 and lost none of their last 19 Premier League games against Sunderland, and Martin O’Neill’s side have also failed to score in eight of their last 10 league games between the two sides.

United have also won on the final day in eight of the last nine seasons, whereas their opponents win in 2010/11 was their first in 10 seasons.

That suggest that United should have little difficulty doing the business, especially when you throw in the fact that Sunderland haven’t won in their last seven games.

So given that united ideally need to be quick out of the blocks, I think they look a decent put at 2.1 with Paddy Power in the HT/FT market.

Wayne Rooney needs just two more goals to reach 200 for the club, but at 3.75 with the likes of bet365, Betfred and Paddy Power he looks plenty short enough to bag the opener.

Better value could be Chicharito who can be backed at a standout 6 with bet365, and at the odds on offer he will be carrying my cash.

United to win 2-0 is my idea of the outcome, and that is a 7.5 with bet365.

Whatever happens, lets just hope that United to what’s required and Hughes can inspire QPR to get something out of the game against City.

If they can then as  Sir Alex told fans at Old Trafford last weekend, we could well have “the biggest celebration of our lives”.