Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has maintained that the Reds can still finish this season as Premier League champions.
Jose Mourinho’s side are only four games into the season, but have already been written off as title challengers by many in England after losing two of their opening four games.
Humiliating defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and then Tottenham Hotspur left Mourinho and Man United in a difficult situation. A double from Romelu Lukaku on Sunday at Turf Moor was enough to secure a comfortable victory against Burnley, though, and United go into the international break with a much-needed win.
That has reduced the pressure on Mourinho and his players, and Matic claims United are ready to be champions in spite of two early hiccups.
“It was important for us to pick up three points, because we have lost a lot,” the Serbian said, speaking to MUTV. “We are six points behind the top of the table, so we have to pick up points and we have to start to win games.”
”I think we played well, like we did in the first half against Spurs. We won 2-0; we also had many chances to score more goals, but I’m very happy with 2-0.“
Questioned whether United can afford to drop any more points, having dropped six already, Matic said, “they [the other title challengers] all have to win all of their games.”
“I think that’s not possible. Someone has to lose and drop the points.
”It’s still to early to say something. We will see in March where we are, because in March you can see who is fighting for the title, who is not and who is fighting for the top four, so it’s still too early.”
In the modern day era of football, judgements are made hastily on players, teams and managers alike. United have been a victim of that. Four games into a season is no time to judge who will be title winners and though United have looked poor, there is still a huge amount of time to change that and mount a challenge.