Gary Neville issues Manchester United reality check over title chances

Gary Neville is not convinced Manchester United’s team is one that could turn into genuine challengers for the Premier League title.

United have collected 19 points from the last 21 available to them and scored six against Leeds United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Despite United finding themselves just five points off the summit and with a game in hand on leaders and defending champions Liverpool, Neville has serious doubts over the team’s league-winning credentials.

“For Manchester United it was about closing the gap, no one ever thought they would be in a position to go so close,” Neville told Sky Sports. “They’re going to go second in the league if they can close that gap. It doesn’t feel like Manchester United have played like that.

“There has been talk of the manager’s job, going out of Europe was a big problem, the performances at times have been horrible.

“You just watch them and think there isn’t a team emerging there who can challenge for the title. My gut feeling is to still say I don’t think Manchester United are going to win the league.

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“But I am surprised, it’s bizarre where they are considering a couple of weeks ago you were thinking this could be difficult, a challenging period coming into Christmas, but it’s looking a little bit rosier.

“Their form’s really good. They’re scoring goals, coming back in matches, today they’ve played well, it’s a big game against Leicester on Boxing Day, but there’s something not right.

“But then when you look at where they are in the league, and they can go two points behind Liverpool, if you’d said at the start of the season they’d be in a position to do that, coming into Christmas, you’d have snapped everyone’s hands off.”

Manchester Evening News