Graeme Souness has played down Manchester United’s title chances ahead of their showdown clash with defending champions Liverpool but insists it is not ‘impossible’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to win the Premier League.
The Red Devils went top with a narrow 1-0 victory at Burnley on Tuesday, and will go six points clear of Liverpool if they beat Jurgen Klopp’s charge at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool, of course, stormed to the Premier League title last season but have already failed to win eight matches this term as they bid to defend the title.
Despite Manchester United’s promising run of form under Solskjaer, Souness still does not expect the club to win the Premier League this season, although he admits he could be proved wrong.
‘They’ve dragged themselves back into the fight for the championship,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘But are they playing the type of football that would suggest they can win the league? I’d say no.
‘They’ve done really well. At United, when they’re doing well the praise is enormous, and when it’s not going well, the criticism is enormous. So they’ve weathered that storm, and have shown they can deal with those pressures.
‘Would it be impossible for them to win the league? No, they can get there. But I go back to just a short week ago, the Man City semi-final, City were another level.
‘I think the momentum has started with them too. I just think there are better teams than United right now.
‘On an even pitch, if you could guarantee they all had the same amount of luck with injuries, I don’t think United would win it, but it’s not impossible.’
Solskjaer’s Manchester United finished third in the Premier League last season, 33 points behind Liverpool.
Souness has backed Liverpool to beat United on Sunday and join them at the top of the table.
He added: ‘If this was any point in the last five years, I’d predict Liverpool to win all day long.
‘I can’t say that this time around because there is a concern in the middle of defence, and I see them being vulnerable there.
‘It’s a difficult one to call, but I have to believe Liverpool will turn up on the day, Alisson will have a very good day, the back four will hold tight, and Liverpool will just have too much for them on the day.’
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