Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is on the verge of being proved right for the blind faith he has shown in the club's title aspirations.
The 29-year-old Frenchman has always said that the Red Devils are the best team in the league, and Sir Alex Ferguson's side need only a solitary point when they travel to Ewood Park on Saturday to confirm their name on this year’s trophy.
United remained unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League until 5 February, when an away defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers ended an impressive record.
But a series of underwhelming draws in the Autumn period sparked critics to cast doubt over their title winning credentials, particularly after back-to-back losses to Chelsea and Liverpool at the start of March.
Evra however, has never doubted that the cream would rise to the top, as United continued to prove the doubters wrong, and remain on course for a domestic and European double.
"People were starting to say, 'It's the end of the United empire'," Evra recalled in an interview with MUTV.
"But after that game [West Brom], we played Bursaspor in the Champions League and I remember saying in my [post-match] interview, 'You have to pay the musician to the end of the show, not now'.
"I believed in that. I wasn't just saying it to look good in the newspapers. I said that because I believed it. I was convinced that no team was better than us this season."
Last weekend's victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford all but ended the title race, with United now six points clear and only two games to play, moving them a step closer to a record 19th top-flight crown.
"Now, that's the result – if we go to Blackburn and win (or draw), we will be champions. I'm not surprised because I always believed we were the best."