Former Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins believes Manchester United have the power and strength needed to win the Premier League this season.
Jose Mourinho‘s men romped to their third 4-0 win of the season on Sunday against Everton, taking them joint top of the table with Manchester City.
Man United have now claimed 16 goals in five Premier League games – an average of three goals a game and almost 30% of the total they managed for the entirety of last season.
And Wilkins, speaking on Sky Sports, noted that, under Mourinho, United have a superb chance to challenge for the title.
“I think it’s been outstanding to be perfectly honest,” he said. “They look so powerful, quick. They’ve got lots of very, very good players now.”
“He’s got a squad that I think is second to none if I’m honest. A lot of people talk about Manchester City being really strong.
“I just think this Manchester United side has everything. It has power, it has pace and it’s just very well organised. You can see Jose all over it, I’ve got to say. I think they’ve started exceptionally well.”
There aren’t many things that stink of Mourinho more than a spirit-crushing, unwarranted yet emphatic 4-0 win at home. This was another ruthlessly effective display at home from United, now unbeaten at home for over a year. But such a strong start does not render them title contenders.
4-0 wins over West Ham United and Everton – two teams that escaped Old Trafford with 1-1 draws in Mourinho’s opening campaign – show that United have improved since last season, but it doesn’t show us any more than that.
United’s first proper test – a game that will determine how ready for a title challenge they really are – comes at Anfield on October 14.