Neville, Owen predict whether Man Utd can catch ‘stumbling’ Arsenal to win the Premier League
Gary Neville and Michael Owen have different views on whether Man Utd can catch Arsenal to win the Premier League title.
The Red Devils beat arch-rivals Leeds on Sunday in a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho.
Victory over the Yorkshire outfit saw Man Utd temporarily climb into second place before Man City reclaimed that spot later in the day by beating Aston Villa 3-1.
Man Utd are now two points behind neighbours City and closed the gap on Arsenal to five points, although the Citizens have one game in hand on them and the Gunners have two.
Arsenal have barely put a foot wrong all season but they have now dropped four points in their last two matches to give Man City and Man Utd encouragement in the title race.
But Neville still doubts Man Utd can win the title this season and he claims Erik ten Hag showed against Leeds that he doesn’t think they can win the Premier League.
“I genuinely don’t think they are in the Premier League title race,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“What was interesting was I was watching the second half [against Leeds] and I didn’t think United were going to get the goal and I didn’t think they were going to get the win.
“At that point I was thinking Erik ten Hag has actually prioritised the Barcelona game this week. He’s put Martinez and Varane on the bench and saved them for Barcelona and played Shaw and Maguire at centre-back.
“If he thought he could win the Premier League he would obviously prioritise that so I think even he’s thinking the title is beyond them. He got away with it today and it’s worked but I just don’t think they can win the Premier League.
“They’ve got so many games and I just don’t think they’re at the level of Man City and Arsenal right now.”
With Arsenal and Man City playing each other twice, Owen reckons Man Utd have a chance of snatching the title at the end of the season.
When asked if Man Utd are title challengers, Owen replied: “Absolutely.
“If Man City and Arsenal were playing like they were a few months ago, then I would say it’s between those two. But both of them are stumbling.
“Arsenal, one point from six. Man City, I can’t see them going on an amazing run like they have the last few years.
“They’ve got to play each other twice as well so there will be points dropped there.
“You have to include Manchester United, they’re second in the league! If you include Man City you’ve got to include United. There’s a lot of football to be played.”
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