Jamie Redknapp believes Manchester United are back in the Premier League title race following their 1-0 win against Liverpool last week.
Man United rode their luck against Liverpool but secured the three points thanks to Wayne Rooney’s late strike.
The result left Louis van Gaal’s side fifth in the league table, seven points behind Arsenal at the summit. Redknapp insisted that the win will give United a boost.
“In this remarkable season of the unexpected, Manchester United are now seven points off the top. Do not underestimate what Sunday’s win at Liverpool will do for their dressing room,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“They have two home games to follow — Southampton and then Stoke — and if they can get up a head of steam, we may be looking at a three-team title race.
“Manchester City, with a fit Sergio Aguero, are the favourites but United’s 1-0 victory at Anfield could be a game-changer for Louis van Gaal. He has got some credit in the bank now.
“It’s not unusual for United to arrive late into a title race. In the history of the Premier League only eight teams have come from behind after 22 games to win the title. On four of those occasions it was United.”
While the win against Liverpool was a huge one for everyone associated with United, it is important to remember that the result could have easily been different had the host’s finishing been better.
United have been awful for large parts of the last few months and talk of a title challenge is premature. For now, van Gaal’s side should focus on stringing a run of victories together and consolidating a place in the top four. Should they achieve that, they can start to look towards the top of the table.