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Manchester United’s run of four Premier League wins on the bounce might have lifted them into the top four in the table and might also have restored some confidence around Old Trafford but they are still a long way from being the finished article.

Time for Acceptance

Midfield enforcer Marouane Fellaini is backing United to be ready and waiting for Chelsea to make a mistake and insists they are still in the title race but they should accept that a return to the Champions League would be a great result following last season’s dismal ending. With the form of Chelsea and Manchester City, those in the know around football and at Blue Sq have long since accepted the title will not be returning to Old Trafford any time soon. It is perhaps time Fellaini and his team-mates, including Chris Smalling – who claims belief is back at United – also recognised that scenario.


United manager Luis van Gaal – Image by: Calciomercato24 

Need for Consistency

United’s run of four straight wins, the latest of which came over Stoke City on Tuesday night, followed a record of one victory in the previous four games. Given the fact Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league this season, and that City have lost just twice, United will need to show consistency over a much longer period of time if they are to be considered as genuine title shots.

Too Late

In manager Luis van Gaal’s favour is the freshness of his squad. With no European football to worry about, the Dutchman has less cause to rotate his players and keep them fresh. Later in the season, Chelsea and City may tire as the various competitions progress and their players may take their eye off the ball in the Premier League. If this happens, then United will be there to pounce. But, at the moment, it looks as though they have far too big a mountain to climb and, with the proven title-winning experience in both the Chelsea and City camps, they have left it too late to challenge this season.


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