Are Manchester United suddenly Premier League title contenders?

Almost a year ago, a lackluster Manchester United team slumped to a 2-0 defeat to
Liverpool that would leave them 30 points adrift from the team that would eventually be
crowned champions of England. While the score may not have been as embarrassing,
Manchester United looked a pale shadow of their former selves.

The thought of even suggesting this team would be title contenders this year after being what seems like light years adrift of the eventual champions of 2019/20 appeared to be the stuff of fantasy. However, 12 months have seen Manchester United top the table after the 0-0 draw at Liverpool.

While the race is still tight, United have shown tremendous progress, which now begs whether they can be considered genuine title contenders.

United’s inconsistencies

One of the issues that may go against United is their inconsistency. While going to Anfield is always a fierce battle between these arch-rivals, United will feel they had a huge claim for victory. This is a Liverpool side that has been hit by injuries and going through one of their worst winless streaks since 2005 having failed to find the net in their past three games.

It will be remembered that after that timid visit to Liverpool, Manchester signed Bruno
Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. While he has been an inspiration to this United team, there has certainly been a resurgence, and almost all players have suddenly gained confidence.

They now work together as a unit showing hard work and organization, which seemed to be lacking before. Going into this game against Liverpool, United initially looked like a team set up not to lose. However, as the game wore on, they grew in confidence, and their manager believes they could have easily won this fixture. If you fancy your chances on which team will win the Premier League, you can head over to sites like for a wide range of football events to bet on.

Are they really title contenders?

Manchester United have not lost their last 16 away games. After losing 1-0 to Arsenal at
home on 1st November, United had 7 points from 6 games and was 15th in the table
standings. Fast-forward to January, and they are up there on the table with the rest of the leading pack. This shows how far they have come, and if their latest performances and statistics are anything to go by, they will be firm contenders for the Premier League title this season.

However, it will be remembered that they have lost four semi-finals, which may
seem to suggest they lose games that really matter. At this stage of the competition, the race to the title proves thrilling and unpredictable. It could even be argued that 4 or 5 teams could easily win the title, which shows how open it is. For teams chasing the crown, they will know any slip up could be costly. In the meantime, it may seem fair to suggest that United have a real shot at the title considering their current position in the table.

EPL: Premier League Predictions for Week 37


There are just 2 games left in the Premier League and all options are open. Who will win the league? Manchester City or Liverpool? City lead by just 1 point and the answer looks like it’s going down to the final game. Both have of course qualified for the Champions League.

However 3rd and 4th is still up for grabs, and Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United will do battle for those places. Then there is the curious place of relegation. The final place is down to Cardiff and Brighton, one of them will be going down- more will be revealed this weekend.

Below we take a look at the fixtures for this weekend and predictions.

Everton v Burnley

Everton have been in good form for the last 2 months now and at home they have won their last 3 games in a row and unbeaten in 4. Burnley have also been in good form, but they should be outclassed for this game. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been brilliant this season for the club and he could get on the score sheet. Everton to beat Burnley

Bournemouth v Tottenham

Tottenham will start as favourites but they lost against Ajax in midweek in the Champions League, and their focus will be on the 2nd leg. If they are not on the ball they could lose this game the good news is that Bournemouth’s form has collapsed and they have been very poor. Tottenham to beat Bournemouth

West Ham v Southampton

West Ham have gone their last two matches unbeaten and last week they became the first ever team to beat Tottenham at their new stadium. Southampton are safe and have lost just one game in their past four. Shane Long can give the Hammers a lot of problems and we are expecting the spoils to be shared here. Draw

Wolves v Fulham

How ironic that Fulham have been brilliant since they have got relegated and have won their last 3 games in a row. This game though is a big stretch for them away to Wolves. Wolves are going for a 7th place finish and the likes of Diogo Jota could be the difference. This has the potential to be a big score for the home team. Wolves to beat Fulham

Cardiff v Crystal Palace

This is it for Cardiff, they must win this match. They are at least at home, and they have had a mixture of being unlucky and poor in recent months. If Cardiff lose they will be going down. As for Palace they have won 4 of their last 5 away games and just look like quality. Cardiff have not beaten Palace since 2012, this might be a very close match. Cardiff to beat Crystal Palace

Newcastle v Liverpool

Liverpool have a terrible record at St James’ Park at the same time if they lose or even draw this game their league title will be in jeopardy. Newcastle are safe and in decent form, winning 4 of their last 5 games at home. Liverpool are in brilliant form, but will have the 2nd leg of their Champions League game against Barcelona on their mind too. Rafa Benitez obviously loves his former club- and they have the better quality at the end of the day. New PFA player of he year Virgi van Dijk will also want to put in a performance. Liverpool to beat Newcastle

Chelsea v Watford

Chelsea’s major criticism in the second half of the season has been focus because they have the quality. If they don’t focus here they give up a top 4 place. Of course a few days later they have the Europa League. Players such as Gonzalo Higuaín and Olivier Giroud have to step up. Chelsea to beat Watford

Huddersfield v Manchester United

Manchester United look like they will miss out on a top 4 place after their poor form of the last month. Having said that playing Huddersfield represents the perfect chance for them to win and score goals and reinstall confidence. Paul Pogba has been under a lot of criticism lately he should try and relish this opportunity to score and help his team in what should be an easy victory for the club. Manchester United to beat Huddersfield

Arsenal v Brighton

This game will be attack v defence and even though Arsenal come here having lost their last 3 games in a row we expect Unai Emery’s side to get back on track and win this match. Arsenal still remain a very strong side at home with just 2 defeats all season, but this match could be settled by one piece of magic. Mesut Ozil to step up? Arsenal to beat Burnley

Manchester City v Leicester

If Liverpool beat Newcastle they will be 2 points clear at the top for the whole weekend as this match takes place on Monday evening. Leicester under Claude Puel beat City earlier in the season, but now City are at home and will be massive favourites to get all three points. They are sure to start quick and Sergio Aguero will be a danger throughout. Manchester City to beat Leicester

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