Former Liverpool and England star Stan Collymore has suggested that Manchester United have a genuine chance of winning the Premier League title.
United are chasing Chelsea and Manchester City above them but have gone on a good run of form, which has allowed Louis van Gaal’s team to break into the top four and consolidate there.
Collymore feels United have plenty going for them ahead of the rest of the season.
“Manchester United are in the best position out of all the top clubs in the Premier League. They don't have the distraction of the Champions League, have won five on the spin and will add at least one central defender in the January transfer window,” wrote Collymore for BleacherReport.
“If they don't have a real go at the title, United will at the very least have a major say in who wins it this season. But I would say they are now genuine contenders.”
The advantage of not playing Champions League football over the rest of the season is that United have extra time to recover between games.
They will also have a good crack at winning the FA Cup but the side is allowed the luxury of not having to travel to various parts of Europe as they prepare from one game to the next in the league.
United need to keep this run of good form going and win the big games they were losing last season. If they do that then there’s no reason why they can’t start to pick up points on Chelsea and City above them.
“We started the season with United aiming for a top-four finish. That's changed now. They're inside the top three and could mount a serious challenge to Chelsea and Manchester City.”
The top four is the aim for United and if they were offered it right now, Ed Woodward would urge van Gaal to take it.
However, if they can mount a serious title challenge, it drastically reduces the period in the wilderness which seemed likely as David Moyes struggled to cope with life at the club.