Manchester United are no longer title favourites, and that could aid them in their bid to win their first Premier league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, according to club great Roy Keane.
The Reds started the season in barnstorming fashion, winning both of their first to opening games 4–0. They won by that same scoreline twice again in the opening seven games, but a 0–0 draw away to Liverpool has mildly dampened expectations, perhaps wrongly.
But Keane, speaking on ITV sport, said that the reduced pressure on Jose Mourinho’s men will suit them.
“It will suit the United camp at the moment to let City get all the credit at the moment,” Keane said on ITV Sport.
“United are in a sense under the radar, but they are getting results and clean sheets. That gives you the foundations to get trophies.”
In comparison to City, is currently slightly underwhelming. The results are what matter in the big picture, over the course of the season, and United are ticking along very nicely.
Mourinho’s side, it is worth remembering, have blown teams away, including CSKA Moscow, Everton, Burton Albion, Swansea City, West Ham United, Crystal Palace and FC Basel. United have been ruthless in attack at times, and played with the same wide counter-attacking style of play that was seen under Ferguson Old Trafford.
The last two games, a draw at Liverpool and a disappointing 1-0 victory against Portuguese champions Benfica in the UEFA Champions League, have been boring to watch. But two minor blips against good opposition will mean nothing come the end of the season if Mourinho can guide United to trophies again.
Last season we saw City start their campaign in incredible fashion, winning their first 10 games, but they blew it despite being title favourites. Hopefully, Keane’s prediction comes right and that is the case again.