When Manchester United beat Arsenal back in November they moved just five points within the league leaders.
Now after suffering their latest defeat - a 3-1 loss at Chelsea - their seventh of the season in the Premier League - they are 14 points off the Gunners.
It's now a three-horse race between Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, with the Arsene Wenger's men holding pole position at present.
Yet amazingly David Moyes is now giving up on the title, and still believes United are working towards retaining their league crown.
He told The Mail: 'We won't throw the towel in until we can't get there,'
'The job is to try and finish first. I will keep trying to do that.
'Before today we'd lost one in six in the league, and I didn't think there was a big difference between the teams today, not at all.
'The difference was our defending to set-pieces. Nothing else.'
Now Moyes may simply be trying not to appear defeatist, but his comments are ones which surely cannot be taken too seriously.
United at this stage are six points down on fourth placed Liverpool, while Moyes' former side Everton can themselves go fourth on Monday night against West Brom and leave United seven points adrift.
With United dropping points regularly, it's a real uphlll task to make that up at this stage, let alone retain the Premier League title.
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