By Chris Harris
Manchester United's Champions League exertions could hamper their Premier League title bid, according to Jack Wilshere.
The Arsenal midfielder helped his team to a 3-1 win at Blackpool on Sunday, expertly setting up the second goal for right back Emmanuel Eboue, to leave Arsène Wenger's side seven adrift of United with a game in hand.
Wilshere and his team-mates have a week to recharge their batteries before a crucial spell of three matches in seven days against Liverpool, Tottenham and Bolton. But United have an even heavier schedule - if they get past Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday it will spark a run of eight games in 26 days.
Wilshere suspects that United's European and FA Cup commitments could undermine their title challenge.
"I think eventually it will," he said. "United rotated on Saturday and they did well [against Fulham]. But I think eventually it will catch up on them.
"We have got a week between every game to prepare so that can only be good for us. It’s important now that we get our recovery and look forward to the Liverpool game. Then Tottenham, we have got two big games coming up and we have to prepare for them."
Wilshere expects to see more twists and turns at the end of what has been an unpredictable Premier League campaign. And he is not ruling out Chelsea for a late title surge.
"It’s football, anything can happen," he said.
"We know that United, and maybe Chelsea as well, are going to drop points. I think there are still three teams in this, it’s going to go all the way to the end and we have to keep battling every week."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Apr 2011