Michael Carrick admitted that Manchester United had been deflated by watching Manchester City's victory at Newcastle, but still feels there is a chance of winning the Premier League.
Sunday's action ended as it had begun, with the Manchester rivals level on points at the top of the table after 2-0 wins for City and United over Newcastle and Swansea respectively.
However, City have a healthier goal difference ahead of the final day of the season and United had been hoping they would slip up against the Magpies.
Carrick was nevertheless pleased with the professional way in which the Red Devils had dispatched of Swansea after goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young sealed victory.
United travel to Sunderland next Sunday, while Manchester City entertain Queens Park Rangers and former manager Mark Hughes at the Etihad Stadium.
"We were watching the game at Newcastle and hoping for something. It didn't quite happen for us," Carrick told Sky Sports 1.
"We had to be professional and to take it on to next week.
"It was about winning the game. Credit to the boys after watching the game before. It can be difficult. We can only hope next week."
Asked if they had any hope, Carrick added: "Who knows? Football is a funny game. Stranger things have happened in the past.
"We have to concentrate on ourselves. Sunderland will be a tough game.
"We still have a chance of winning the league."