Petr Cech: Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are title contenders

by Leo Nieboer

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Manchester United are still title contenders under Jose Mourinho.

Man United currently sit in seventh spot after nine games, six points behind leaders Manchester City.

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, speaking after United’s 0-0 draw at Anfield, both concluded that Mourinho’s men don’t have what it takes to claim the Premier League crown this season.

However Cech, who won seven major trophies under Mourinho at Chelsea, believes that United are capable of competing for the title this season.

“I still count them as a title contender, even if they are a little behind now, because it is a long-term competition and I know the manager very well,” he said. 

“He will do everything to make sure, if they can, that they can close the gap and as their opponent we need to make sure we don’t give them the chance.

“He spent a lot of money [in the summer]. They bought the players he wanted so it is how well they find a way to compete and put it on the pitch.”

Any team that can only muster 14 points from nine games shouldn’t be anywhere near contention for the title. Louis van Gaal‘s first season at Old Trafford saw United manage 13 points from as many games, and it was clear, even at this early stage, that the Dutchman’s side were incapable of catching Chelsea.

This season, however, appears to be different. No clear frontrunner, no Leicester City-esque surprise package. Just five or six teams furiously struggling to take a firm hold of the title race, whilst doing just about enough to remain in contention for silverware come May.

Nobody can make any absolute, concrete projections in such an oscillating environment. Ruling United at this stage, therefore, would be foolish.

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