Can Manchester United sustain Premier League title push? | Football News
LONDON: Manchester United are high of the Premier League desk with almost half the season gone however are they title contenders or mere pretenders?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males beat Burnley 1-Zero at Turf Moor on Tuesday courtesy of a Paul Pogba aim to maneuver three factors away from champions Liverpool after 17 video games.
It was the primary time United had ended the day high of the desk to date into the season since their final title-winning marketing campaign in 2012/13 beneath Alex Ferguson.
AFP Sport seems to be at whether or not United can win their first top-flight title for eight years as they put together to journey to Anfield on Sunday.
Manchester United’s success within the switch market has been extra miss than hit since Ferguson guided them to a 20th top-flight title.
However a look on the substitutes’ bench at Turf Moor exhibits Solskjaer has quietly put collectively a robust squad that provides him enviable choices.
The Norwegian began with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Bruno Fernandes in midfield, with in-form Scott McTominay, Fred and Donny van de Beek on the bench.
Edinson Cavani was again as the focus in assault after a three-match ban, with academy graduate Mason Greenwood used as a late substitute.
In central defence, Eric Bailly is impressing alongside Harry Maguire, providing United actual tempo on the again.
However it isn’t simply the personnel that catch the attention there’s a palpable sense of togetherness on the membership, proven by the gamers’ wild celebrations after they lately beat Aston Villa 2-1.
Solskjaer who gained six Premier League titles as a participant at Outdated Trafford has not had a straightforward experience in cost.
Each time the membership have hit a rocky patch the stress has been ramped up, with strategies he doesn’t have the expertise or nous to go toe to toe with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
A powerful 29 factors from a attainable 33 present the power of their revival after a poor begin to the marketing campaign however Solskjaer is just not getting carried away.
“We’re virtually midway by way of the season so it is a little bit little bit of a sign of the place you are at,” stated the 1999 treble hero.
“However nobody will keep in mind the league desk on the 12th of January.”
Regardless of their wonderful run of type, bookmakers nonetheless have United as third favourites for the Premier League title, behind Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool.
Klopp’s males have didn’t hit the heights of final season however are nonetheless firmly within the title image regardless of a defensive harm disaster this time period.
United will journey to the house of their fierce rivals with a spring of their step a far cry from final yr, when defeat at Anfield left them 30 factors behind the Merseyside outfit.
Solskjaer, whose facet are unbeaten in home away fixtures since shedding to Liverpool in January 2020, stated United had been trying ahead to the problem.
“We simply need to go there, understanding we’re taking part in the very best group within the nation by a mile over the past yr and a half,” he stated. “They’re champions by proper and it is going to be an amazing check of the place we’re.”
For his or her half, Metropolis have quietly put collectively a formidable run to maneuver to inside hanging distance of the highest of the desk.
They’re seven factors behind United however have two video games in hand and are favourites to win their third title in 4 seasons.
Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who performed alongside Solskjaer at Outdated Trafford, is just not positive his outdated facet are “fairly there but” however believes they don’t seem to be far-off.
“If we might add gamers like (ahead Erling) Haaland from Dortmund or (defender Dayot) Upamecano from Leipzig I might say then we’d be championship challengers,” he instructed the BBC.
It’s as much as his ex-teammate to show him unsuitable.