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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Manchester United: Five reasons why United will be champions come May?

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You should never write off Manchester United. How many times has the demise of the Red Devils been mooted over the past two decades and how many times have we made those critics choke on their words?

On Sunday everyone outside of Old Trafford thought we were going to get a footballing lesson from the league leaders Arsenal, that the Gunners were going to open up an 11-point gap on us. The fact that we not only beat Wenger's men but also kept a clean sheet against them - the first team in the league to stop the Gunners from scoring - means there's still plenty of life in the Red Devils.

Manchester United have dominated the Premier League era, but many people felt there was no way David Moyes could retain the title in his first season at the helm. 

Well, here are five reasons why I believe Manchester United will still be kings of England come May. 

1. Experience

United have been in this position time and time again. We are born winners, never give up, and there's no such thing as a lost cause. The fact that we are only five points behind the leaders after what critics have described an awful start under David Moyes proves that we still have that winning mentality even without Sir Alex.

2. Rooney and RVP

When you have a strikeforce as potent as that you know you are always going to win more games than lose. Rooney can do it and works so hard for the team, while RVP can turn the game in an instant with a magical moment. 

3. The hard games are out of the way

David Moyes had an awful opening set of fixtures to contend with. We've played Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal in the first 11 games and taken just four points. I know you have to play everyone at some point but that is one tough run. The fact that we are only two wins off top spot at this stage says we still have a great chance of retaining the title. We don't normally kick in to gear until after Christmas so the rest better watch out.

4. We have the best team in the division

We may have lost to Liverpool, Man City and West Brom and dropped points against Southampton, but I still believe we have the best team in the Premier League. This shouldn't be confused with the best players because I am under no illusion that the likes of Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal have some class players on their books, but United showed on Sunday that when it matters most they unite to become a great unit. They fought for each other, they dug in and helped each other out forcing the likes of Ramsey and Ozil to go invisible in the game.

5. The rest just aren't consistent enough

United have dropped points this season, but so has everyone else. No-one has been able to steal a march on us. Arsenal could have opened up an 11 point gap on Sunday with victory, but were not able to compete with our high pressing game. Considering the doom and gloom surrounding us after the City and West Brom defeats, sitting in fifth just five points off the top and ahead of City is not a bad place to be.

Article by Toby Fullerton

Calling all United fans: Do you share Toby's optimism? Do you believe United can retain the title this season? Whatever your views, we hope to hear from you.

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