Michael Owen has played down Manchester United’s title chances after they moved joint-top of the Premier League.
The Red Devils beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Friday night to join defending champions Liverpool at the top of the table on 33 points.
Owen still doubts Manchester United will win the title, however, and says Liverpool and Manchester City remain a level above Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Speaking after the Villa victory, Owen was asked whether United could win the title without in-form Bruno Fernandes and said: ‘I’m not sure they can win the title with him to be honest.
‘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.
‘The question I have is when they’re in possession against teams like Wolves and trying to break them down.’
Owen added to Premier League productions: ‘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.’
Reacting to Manchester United’s win over Aston Villa, manager Solskjaer 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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