Steven Gerrard believes Manchester United are title contenders this season

by Leo Nieboer

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that Manchester United have what it takes to win the Premier League next season.

Jose Mourinho‘s men, focused more on winning the Europa League by April, slumped to sixth spot in the Premier League in the Portuguese’s first season at Old Trafford – 24 points behind champions Chelsea.

The 54-year-old, in response, has signed the prolific Romelu Lukaku, who claimed 25 goals last season, and two-time Premier League winner Nemanja Matic to shore up the midfield.

And Gerrard, speaking on BT Sport, noted that these two acquisitions give United a chance at winning the title next season.

“It would only be a matter of time before Jose went out and got those pieces of the jigsaw that would make United a lot stronger and able to compete again back at the top of the league and it certainly looks like they’re moving in that direction.

“Lukaku is proven in the Premier League with goals and Matic for me is an excellent signing.”

And when asked whether these new additions could translate into a meaningful title challenge next season, Gerrard responded: “Yes, for sure.”

In case you haven’t thought about this in a while, Gerrard slipped. He told his team to not slip and then, in what has to be the greatest piece of performance art produced in the 21st century, slipped himself.

Anyway, what does Gerrard know about winning titles? This isn’t intended to be a crude remark. He may have never won the thing himself but spent many years watching other teams cruise to Premier League glory, so his belief that this United side, enriched by two established talents who succeeded last season, should be taken seriously.

Then again, as is always the case in England’s top division, predicting its winner and who meets or falls below expectations is a pointless task, such is the glorious unpredictability of the Premier League.

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