Manchester United are level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table – but Michael Owen is still not convinced they are title contenders.
The former England striker played for both clubs during his career and won the Premier League with the Red Devils in 2010/11.
But he does not feel they are playing well enough to maintain their threat to defending champions Liverpool as the season progresses.
And he feels their inability to break down teams who sit back and a lack of threat when not allowed to counter-attack will be their downfall.
Owen was asked on Premier League Productions if United could win the league without star man Bruno Fernandes after beating Aston Villa.
“I’m not sure they can win the title with him to be honest,” Owen replied.
“I still think they’re… I think they’re a brilliant counter-attacking team, against the bigger and better teams they are exceptional and can give anyone a problem.
“he question I have is when they’re in possession against teams like Wolves and trying to break them down.
“I watched them the other day and there were no chances. Listen, they’re right in the mix, no question about it.
“They’re second on goal difference, but are they as rounded a team as Liverpool or Man City?
“I still think they’re a step behind and I still think it will be a struggle for them to win the title. But the way they’re playing, anything is possible.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also saw room for improvement after beating Aston Villa but urged his team to take the title race one game at a time.
He said: “Don’t get me wrong I’m delighted with the three points and the performance, but there’s always stuff to improve on. Those extra two points are important.
“We’ve improved. I think the league and the season is going to be so tight. We’ve just got to keep working and improving as a team.
“Every time you win a game you take one step further. You’ve just got to accumulate the points. They all count the same.
“We’ve got a big game on Wednesday against City, I’m not even thinking [about playing Liverpool] yet.”
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