A couple of months ago, Manchester United fans were excited for their title challenge. They were competing with Manchester City for the top spot on the Premier League table. But, a dip in form over the past few months meant that Pep Guardiola’s took a commanding lead.
However, the Red Devils showed their quality against the Citizens in their 2-0 win. They put on a dominant performance that showed traces of the side that was challenging for the top spot earlier in the season. This begs the question, can Manchester United still win the title this season?
One of United’s main problems has been their defence. However, things appear to have improved at the back significantly over the past several months. Furthermore, Harry Maguire has hit a great patch of form after a difficult start to the season while Victor Lindelof is impressing as well. As a result, they are now keeping clean-sheets on a consistent basis.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also been impressive this season. He has taken the tough decisions when he has needed to and the side have reaped the rewards.
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Manchester United might not win the league this season but the progress is cause for encouragement
The reliance on Bruno Fernandes is still prominent. He is still the player that most people expect to create a moment of brilliance in a tight game. All it takes is for the Portuguese to have a poor game and United are much less likely to win.
Realistically, it is highly unlikely that United can win the title from here on, with less than 10 games left in the league season. Manchester City do not seem to have lost their momentum despite the Derby defeat and their squad has depth and quality that protects them against any possible injury crisis.
On the other hand, United lack that kind of squad depth and we have already seen them suffer in the absence of Pogba.
Perhaps the title is out of reach this season, but the progress that this side has shown is cause for encouragement. A Premier League title might not be too far away in Manchester United’s future after all.