Former Arsenal winger Paul Merson believes that Manchester United aren’t out of the title race if they take advantage of rival sides dropping points.
Jose Mourinho‘s men, after winning their first three league games, only managed two Premier League wins from September to December, leading to many ruling out their chances of claiming the title this season.
But recent weeks have seen Man United mount something of a resurgence, claiming four consecutive Premier League victories.
Merson, looking ahead to United’s game with Middlesbrough, claimed that Mourinho’s side could still challenge for the title.
“I don’t see anything except a United win, they’re on a roll and I see that continuing.
“You’d say Chelsea have guaranteed top four already, but the others – there’s five teams for three places. United are on a run, Spurs are back to their best, Arsenal scraping wins – United definitely aren’t out of it.
“Though I do see United or Spurs winning the Europa League, which would also secure a Champions League spot, as they are the two strongest sides in the competition with Shakhtar behind them, so they both have that last resort.”
United have discovered some form at the ideal time. A win against Middlesbrough would see their winning run extend to six games, paving the way for a renewed assault on their rivals in 2017.
Momentum is an important thing, and Mourinho – now with a settled starting XI – can head into the new year with plenty of optimism.
That said, with Chelsea – a truly rampant force under Antonio Conte – now 13 points ahead of United, talk of challenging for the title in May could be a bit premature.