Liverpool legend Lawrenson: Manchester United's problems will catch up with them

Liverpool hero believes Manchester United are not title challengers.

Manchester United stars feel they are back in the title race, but not everybody agrees.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson feels the Red Devils are kidding themselves if they believe they can beat Chelsea or Manchester City to win the league.

United have won six in a row and sit in third position, after beating Liverpool 3-0 last weekend.

Lawrenson told The BBC: "United's form has led to a lot of talk of them being title contenders but I don't buy it. Yes they have won six straight games but they really rode their luck along the way.

"Their defensive issues have not gone away and sooner or later they will catch up with them again. United boss Louis van Gaal is probably enjoying being asked whether they can win the league but he is probably just trying to convince his players."

United are eight points behind Chelsea and five behind City, a lead which has been cut considerably in recent weeks. They face a trip to Aston Villa searching for a seventh win in a row this weekend.

For all the criticism of United's defence, they have conceded only four more goals than Chelsea this season, and have the fourth best record in the league.

Much of this can be put down to David de Gea's heroics, but with the club surely set to enjoy better luck with injuries in 2015, and strengthen in the transfer window, it may be premature of Lawrenson to dismiss them so easily.

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