Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that his former club can still mount a challenge for the Premier League title this season.
An opening day victory against Leicester City was followed up by back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham, which left Jose Mourinho facing intense speculation over his Man United future.
A win against Burnley before the international break gave Man United a much-needed boost before the international break, but they still look some way short of genuinely being contenders for this year’s Premier League crown.
Several players have been accused of underperforming and there have been rumours of a rift in the dressing room, but for now, Mourinho remains in the hot seat as the tough fixtures start piling up for the club.
According to Neville, despite their rough start, Manchester United still have the means to have a say in the final reckoning for the title, though he is not certain they can actually end up winning the trophy.
Speaking in an interview with the Times, Neville said: “[I am] still hopeful that somehow, through siege mentality more than anything, they can mount some sort of challenge that really just disrupts people.
“If they can stay in it until January and maybe get one or two defenders in, they may have a chance, but I doubt it.”
Manchester United finished as runners-up behind Manchester City last term and they certainly have the talent in their squad to finish just as high again, but the players have to start giving their all on the pitch to turn things around as quickly as possible.
The Red Devils kick off their Champions League campaign on Wednesday night with a group stage opener against Young Boys.
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