Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has insisted that they can win the Premier League this season, and Jamie Redknapp understands that stance.
The Red Devils have made a truly disappointing start to the 2014-15 season and are currently seventh in the league table with eight points from six matches.
United are eight points behind leaders Chelsea, and at this moment in time it is hard to envisage Louis van Gaal’s closing that gap.
Redknapp is of a similar opinion but understands why Rooney, who joined United from Everton in the summer of 2004 for a reported transfer fee of £27 million, publicly claims that the Manchester outfit are still in with a chance of winning the title.
'Rooney has been quoted as saying United can still win the title', the former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder wrote in the Daily Mail. 'I’m not convinced they can but what else is the captain of Manchester United going to say? It would be more surprising if he had already given up after six games'.
One cannot help but agree with Redknapp and understand Rooney's claims. After all, the 28-year-old forward cannot be seen in public as conceding defeat in the race for the league title. Whether privately he feels the same way no one knows.
But can United win the league title? Why not? True, the 20-time English champions are eight points off the pace, but if Chelsea lose a game and draw another, and United will be back in it if they continue winning.