With Manchester United recent win over Sean Dyche’s Burnley, the Red Devils went to the top of the league table for the first time since September 2017. The club is currently sat on 36 points being three clear of Liverpool and seven clear of close rivals Manchester City, who still have two games in hand.
The Red Devils have seen an improvement on their form, with the club losing 3 of their first six games in the league, losing to Crystal Palace, Arsenal and an embarrassing defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, losing 6-1 at home. Since their opening six games, they have managed to avoid a loss in the past 11 games drawing to Manchester City and beating Leeds 6-2 in their quest to the top spot.
The main reason for their success doesn’t come as a surprise with the club being pulled forward by Bruno Fernandes, who hasn’t missed a game of football this season, as this season he has contributed 18 goals in 17 appearances scoring 11 and getting 7 assists. The Portuguese international proved his importance being substituted performance against West Ham, coming off the bench at half time to help the side win 3-1 when they were 1-0 down with West Ham looking the dominant side.
However, despite their recent form in the league which continued Tuesday night, I don’t believe that United will have enough to win the Premier League title this season. Manchester United will most likely need to improve a bit more in the transfer windows before they can think of lifting the trophy. The reason why I don’t think Manchester United will win the league is due to the strength of the two most likely title challengers City and Liverpool, with Liverpool being their next fixture also at the weekend it could easily make or break their title charge with the game being an evident six-pointer.
Despite Liverpool’s recent run of games only picking up 2 points in the last three, drawing to Newcastle, West Brom and losing to Southampton. They are a more than a capable team to beat Manchester the current champions recently gained a win against Aston Villa in the FA Cup is the result that they would’ve been looking for, with Klopp probably fearing that failure to win the game could see the club move second if results in Manchester City’s games don’t go their way they will be putting everything into the performance on the weekend.
with Jurgen Klopp historically having a lack of interest in FA Cup, not making it past the 5th round with Liverpool, he will be putting all of his efforts towards the Premier League fixture more so than their next meeting a week later. A win for the Reds would close the gap and more suspense to the challenge to an already dramatic season.
Another reason for why they will most likely not win the league is the pedigree and experience Manchester City have in winning a League title with the United squad only having 3 senior players from the title-winning team of 2012/13 remaining, Lingard, De Gea and Phil Jones. Whilst both City and Liverpool have been the last two league winners and have been dominating the league for the past 3 years and with Solskjær’s lack of experience in comparison to both Guardiola and Klopp, it’ll be interesting to see if he can keep up with the pressure and continue to rely on the recent form of Bruno Fernandes who has been keeping the Red Devils afloat.
With Manchester City’s games in hand, it rather works in favour of the Cityzens having missed games to be able to rest. The Citizens have also recently played Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final, dismantling Solskjær’s team to go their fourth consecutive League Cup final. it is clear to see that Manchester United in comparison to Manchester City, are a weakened side both can’t handle the pressure, failing to make it passed a semi-final, they don’t have the experience in squad and manager to maintain a title push.
Although any results in both the City games and the Man United vs Liverpool game will add a great deal of excitement to the title race.
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