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Manchester United are capable of winning the Premier League, says Paul Scholes


By: Express Web Desk |
Published:September 22, 2017 11:55 pm

Manchester United have won four and drawn one of their opening five matches. (Source: Reuters)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes said that his former side finally looks like a team capable of mounting a challenge for the Premier League title. “After the first few matches it does seem like they now have a squad capable of winning the league,” Scholes is quoted as saying by Sportstar on the sidelines of the ongoing Premier Futsal.

Scholes also said that it is still too early to judge and that United are yet to play any of the big sides. United are statistically the most succesfull team in the league but have only been a shadow of their former selves since the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Since then, the Old Trafford side have struggled to finish in the top four of the league, reaching that position only once in four seasons. But this season, which is the second under Jose Mourinho, United have won four and drawn one of their opening five matches. They have scored 16 goals in the process and conceded just two. “I think United have a team capable of scoring goals and also defending well,” said Scholes, “You need both aspects to win the Premier League. With City we have to wait and see. There is Chelsea as well who after a slow start have picked up.”

They are also level in all respects with cross-town rivals Manchester City. Scholes said that City have been the most “entertaining” team in the league so far. “They have been the most entertaining side going forward in the league,” he said, “But I don’t think their defense has been tested yet. Liverpool could have been a challenge but they went a man down and it made it easier.”

Manchester United’s next match is against Southampton in the Premier League. They welcomed former captain Wayne Rooney when he travelled with his new side Everton to Old Trafford in their previous league game. Although he gained a good reception and was applauded when he was subbed off, Everton suffered a 4-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester United who followed that up with a 4-1 win over second tier club Burton Albion in the English League Cup.

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