Is it too early to consider Manchester United as bonafide title contenders?

After a shaky start to the season, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side has found consistency and currently sits joint-top of the table but is it too early to call Manchester United title contenders?

Manchester United legend Roy Keane certainly thinks it’s not too early to call his former club side title contenders as he believes they can challenge for the league title this season.

He said: “There’s a few [contenders]. Liverpool are the strongest, they’ve been slacking off, a bit sloppy.

“United have sorted out their home form… They’ll be getting confidence and belief they can at least challenge Liverpool.”

It will be easier said than done however seeing as United have had quite the number of unreliable moments with bad draws and shock losses.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the manager / head coach of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on December 29, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY SAM BAGNALL – AMA/GETTY IMAGES.

Man Utd have endured a very inconsistent season so far especially when playing at home. However, in the past couple of months, the Red Devils have been able to turn things around, now playing with swagger and snapping up points against every opposition that comes their way.

Currently, Manchester United are placed second on the table, level on points with league leaders Liverpool but with a game in hand. The season is still far from over and it may come down to how long United can maintain consistent results.

There’s also the problem of how fit the team can remain. Thankfully for Ole, he has top replacements for every position bar defence and right-wing. There is speculation though that Amad Diallo might join Manchester United from Atalanta in the January transfer window.

Atalanta’s Ivorian forward Amad Diallo controls the ball ahead of Midtjylland’s Danish defender Daniel Hoegh (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Atalanta vs Midtjylland on December 1, 2020 at the Azzurri d’Italia stadium in Bergamo, Lombardy. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES.

At the back, Eric Baily is back from injury and has provided solid partnership with captain Harry Maguire. He also notably put on a Man of the Match performance in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa last time out.

In truth, it will come down to Ole’s ability to build a champions mentality by keeping the team happy, getting his formations right and crunching out results against tough opponents.

A true test of this ability will come when Manchester United face off against defending champions Liverpool on the 17th of January. I

f the Red Devils can pick up all three points, then, without a doubt, Manchester United will be seen by all as Premier League title contenders.

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