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Spurs defender said players were 'disappointed' to share the points

By Wayne Veysey at White Hart Lane

Alan Hutton has insisted that Tottenham are still in the title race but admitted Manchester United are favourites to win the Premier League crown.

Spurs remain eight points behind leaders United after failing to make home advantage, and an extra man, pay with a goal-less draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Speaking afterwards, Hutton said: “We are still in it. Manchester United are not too far out of reach although we need to put a run together.

“The league is really strong this year. All the teams are taking points off each other. But at the moment it seems that United are favourites. They have not been beaten and you would probably put your money on them.

“To get a draw at home is disappointing. We have done really well recently. We don’t really fear any team. We wanted the three points but to pick up a point against one of your title rivals is still pleasing.”

Hutton admits Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, who are unbeaten in the league this season, were a tough nut to crack.

“They defended really well,” said the Spurs right-back. “That’s a sign of champions that they still pick up points when they are not at their best and they are not losing games.

“Throughout the years they have always been well organised with a lot of talent to win games out of nothing. Now I don’t see them as any different.

“They are a top quality side. Chelsea were hard [to play] when they came here but United are up there.”

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