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Our destiny in our hands - Neville

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Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes they hold the destiny of the championship in their own hands.

No sooner had Portsmouth been defeated 5-0 at Old Trafford than the defender was looking ahead - to April 3 and a home match with Barclays Premier League title rivals Chelsea.

Neville said: "It is in our hands now and it has not been like that for a while. Chelsea have to come here - and that is where we want to be. We want to win our home games."

United are on a roll, winning six of their last seven league games and drawing the other and it is no coincidence that while United are gaining momentum Wayne Rooney is having a purple patch.

The England striker scored his 23rd goal of the season, equalling a career best, when he made the breakthrough in the 40th minute against Pompey following a cross from Darren Fletcher.

Neville is keen for his team-mate to maintain that form, especially as they are about to lock horns with David Beckham's AC Milan in the Champions League.

He said: "Wayne was in the right position at the right time after a great ball by Fletcher. He is a having a great season and and is a fantastic player for us.

"I hope Wayne continues like this until the end of the season because we are going to need him. The most important thing is he is scoring vital goals."

Full-back Patrice Evra added: "Wayne understands what the team needs. He is more mature. He is a world-class player, who is so dangerous in the box."

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