Robin van Persie is refusing to rule out Manchester United as title contenders after the club recorded their sixth win in a row with victory against Liverpool on Sunday.
United sit eight points off leaders Chelsea going into the Christmas period but have seen the gap decrease by five in the last few games, a similar swing in the next few weeks would put Louis van Gaal and his men right on their tails come the new year.
The festive fixture period appears favourable to United, at least on paper. Chelsea have a couple of tricky games whilst Man City are without star striker Sergio Aguero.
Given their current form, United will see their next two games against Aston Villa and Newcastle as winnable before two away games at Spurs and Stoke, sides who statistically have been better on the road this season.
But Van Persie’s new found confidence seems to be growing all the time with the striker suggesting a good points haul going into 2015 could see United right in the mix.
“After a good Christmas period and a good couple of weeks in January,” Van Persie told Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves when asked about when United should be considered genuine title contenders.
“If we can survive that and improve our game and get the results over the coming weeks and are still in the mix come the end of January, anything can happen then.”
United have previously been known to hit top form after Christmas, especially under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. If they can replicate that under van Gaal, Chelsea and City will continue to look over their shoulders.