Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes that Jose Mourinho’s men have what it takes to win the Premier League title this season.
Man United endured a torrid league campaign last term, slumping to sixth and 24 points behind champions Chelsea as they struggled to break down lesser sides at home.
But they have made an emphatic start to the new season, drubbing both West Ham United and Swansea City 4-0 and securing a hard-fought 2-0 win over Leicester on Saturday, taking them top of the table.
And Robson, speaking after the game, noted that his former side has all the necessary makings to challenge for the title this year.
“We’ve got pace, we’ve got power, but we’ve also got quality players,” he said.
“That helps to try and win titles, but Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham these sort of teams are top-class teams.
“You’ve got to compete against them and do well against them, but I am quite confident that the boys can do that this year and we can compete against the best.”
United have more than enough firepower going forward to match the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, especially with Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Romelu Lukaku in attack during the latter stage of the campaign. Crucially, six players have shared the ten goals scored by Mourinho’s men so far. Goals from all over the pitch is the hallmark of any Premier League winning side.
And they have been resolute defensively, with Phil Jones and Eric Bailly forming an indomitable partnership, but how long that can continue remains uncertain. Mourinho will desperately hope that, firstly, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling can bring the same level of assurance and, secondly, Marcos Rojo picks up from where he left off when he returns from injury in December.