This year or next - Roy Keane and pundits disagree on Man Utd title hopes as Arsenal and Man City are warned
Manchester United’s recent record went to one defeat in their last 10 on Sunday after victory over Leeds United at Elland Road.
Marcus Rashford was once again on target for Erik ten Hag’s side before Alejandro Garnacho put the seal on the victory with five minutes remaining and close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal, who slipped-up at the weekend by drawing with Brentford.
United are now just five points off the Gunners, albeit having played two games more but momentum is carrying the Red Devils, along with the form of Rashford who has now notched up 24 goals for club and country this season.
The debate now rages as to whether United can end their 10-year wait for another Premier League title with pundits split on whether it can happen this year, or the platform be set for a major challenge next season.
Old Trafford favourite Roy Keane believes it could come this time around, with Man City and Arsenal having a bit of a dip in terms of their performances of late.
“Considering the way they started the season – they had a disastrous start against Brighton and Brentford – to be where they are now, I’d say they are very much in with a chance” Keane said on Sky Sports. “But Manchester United – the players, the manager and the fans – have to look at the table and if City slip up as they have done and Arsenal continue their difficult run, they have to be ready to pounce, just in case.”
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell is wary of United’s recent form and says they are ‘in the mix’ right now.
“I think ten Hag is really getting a tune out of this Manchester United side, Marcus Rashford is on fire and they are in the mix right now for the title, make no mistake about it,” he told Sky Sports News. “They've played two games more than Arsenal but their form right now, you have to take them seriously because they have got strength in depth. They can afford to leave major players out of the squad and still go to Elland Road and win 2-0. It wasn't convincing but to win 2-0 is very difficult to do so I take Manchester United very seriously now.”
Meanwhile, a former Newcastle United player belives they could be a ‘powerhouse’ next year but are lacking a striker.
“At the moment I think they need more,” Darren Ambrose told Talksport. “They need an out-and-out number nine. However good Weghorst is playing or how good he holds it up, I don't think he's that number nine you're used to seeing at Manchester United. I think Rashford potentially could be that player that moulds into a number nine but allows him to drift to the left... a bit like Thierry Henry used to do.
“I think it's concerning for other clubs. I hope they do fall off next season but I just can't see it. I think ten Hag will have a great window in the summer and I can see a powerhouse returning back.”