Man Utd: Neville pops champagne as Red Devils go joint-top
Roy Keane has performed a major U-turn on his old team, claiming Manchester United can win the Premier League title this season. The Red Devils legend has been a harsh critic this season, at one point suggesting the players would get manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked.
But the win over Aston Villa on Friday, their eighth in a 10 match unbeaten run, a stretch of form that has seen them draw level with Liverpool at the top of the table.
And Keane believes that if they can continue with their new found consistency, they could rival Liverpool and win the league.
“If they keep winning football matches [they can win the title],” said Keane on Sky Sports.
“We were really critical of them at the start of the season – well I was, and rightly so, because their home form was so bad.
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“It was shocking, some of their performances and results, but away from home they were fantastic.
We just said, because it’s such a bizarre season, if they get their home form they were never that far adrift.
“And even their last few victories, a bit of luck against Villa the other night with the penalty, injury time winner against Wolves, brilliant against Leeds. United will obviously be getting confidence and belief that they can certainly challenge Liverpool.”
The former United midfielder still believes Jurgen Klopp’s side are the best in the division, but does think there are a number of teams that could come out on top later this year.
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Asked who could win the title, he added: “There’s a few; Liverpool are the strongest but they have been slacking off – they’ve certainly been sloppy over the last few years with chances and the points they’ve dropped.
“United are on a good run, they have managed to sort their home form out over the last three home games, certaintly. Tottenham had a good win yesterday [against Leeds].
“And, of course, you can’t write Man City off. We have been critical of City recently because they have set such high standards over the last few years.
“So there is certainly five or six teams that will feel if they can get their act together they can win the league, but I still think Liverpool will be hard to beat.”
Solskjaer is refusing to be drawn on any potential title challenge, instead imploring his players to look at one match at a time.
“We’ve improved, we’re getting better,” he said. “The league – and the season – is going to be so tight.
“There are going to be different and difficult games, strange results, we’ve just got to keep working and improving as a team.
“Since Project Restart we’ve been a very consistent team.
“Every time you win a game, you take one step further. It’s three points in total, you’ve just got to accumulate them. “
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