Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness believes that Manchester United can challenge for the title this season if they continue their winning run in the Premier League.
Man United, despite a bright start, quickly plummeted down the table after managing just two league wins from September to December.
But such a malaise has been addressed by Jose Mourinho’s men; they have won six Premier League games in a row, extending their unbeaten run to 13 games.
And Souness, speaking earlier this week, has claimed that United remain contenders for the title this season.
“Manchester United are a big football club and I always feel with them if they can get on a roll and get a bit of momentum and if they get into any run at all it’ll take some stopping,” he said.
“It’s taken Jose a bit longer than I thought it would have taken him to find out about his players but he’s come up with a system that’s working now and I think you have to include them.
“Ten points appears a lot but you lose a couple of games and you get an injury to a key player or you get a couple of decisions go against you and the whole mood in the camp changes. I’d include all of them [top six] in the frame.”
Winning six Premier League games in a row would usually lead to a side skyrocketing up the table, but United appear to be forever consigned to the twilight zone of 6th place, with their contenders all managing to avoid dropping points.
That said, only five points stand between Mourinho’s men and Liverpool, meaning that victory against Jurgen Klopp’s side on January 15 would see United move to within two points off second spot.
United have mounted an impressive resurgence in recent weeks, making up important ground on their rivals heading into the business end of the season (even if it isn’t reflected in the table). Talk of challenging for the title may be a tad premature, but make no mistake: Mourinho’s men are heading in the right direction.