Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic believes that Jose Mourinho‘s side cannot win the Premier League title this season.
Man United, after dropping points against Liverpool last weekend, now sit 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s late equaliser against Jurgen Klopp’s side preserved United’s 16-game unbeaten run and kept them within touching distance of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who are five points better off than Mourinho’s men.
Vidic, speaking earlier this week, noted that reaching the top three is still within the side’s grasp but believes that winning the title this season is unrealistic.
“Realistically we are out of the title race,” he said.
“That’s my opinion. But in recent weeks, the way we have played is encouraging. If we keep playing like that then the top three is our target.”
12 points is indeed a big gap. Not insurmountable, but something of a tall order to say the least. And it feels as if nobody – not Arsenal, not Manchester City, not Liverpool and not Spurs – will catch Chelsea this season. Antonio Conte has discovered a system that works perfectly, and with no European football to contend with they can focus on hammering home this season’s title.
That said, with five points separating sixth-placed United and second-placed Spurs, spots further up the table are indeed up for grabs in the coming months.