Roy Keane has sensationally claimed that Manchester United have “‘more than enough quality” to chase down Leicester City.
The Red Devils are eight points and two places behind Leicester and are unbeaten in their previous ten games across all competitions.
During that run, they’ve beaten both Manchester City (twice) and Chelsea, giving most pundits and fans plenty of reasons to think that they might be getting better, after all.
Keane, too, has unexpectedly jumped on the bandwagon, suggesting that United could overtake the Foxes in the race for a top four spot.
“You want to be careful about writing these teams off but you have to remind these players who are playing for Manchester United that they are playing for Manchester United,” Keane told Sky Sports .
“There is a responsibility and pressure to win football matches and when you look at those fixtures they certainly shouldn’t be frightened of anything.
“Go and try to win as many matches as you can and the table should take care of itself.
“I think they have got more than enough quality to chase Leicester down, let alone Chelsea.”
United chasing Leicester down seems a touch far-fetched even if we take into the consideration the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side only face one of the current top six – and that’s Leicester.
So while an easy run of fixtures is one reason to believe that they might overcome an eight-point deficit, it must not be forgotten that some of United’s most abysmal showings have come against teams outside of the European places.
Therefore, a favourable run-in does not really mean anything. In fact, if there’s one predictable aspect of an otherwise unpredictable Premier League, then it is the unpredictability of any given team on any given day.
We’ve seen it with Watford. Who would have thought that in March, they will be out of the relegation zone? Who would have thought that they will bring an end to Liverpool’s unbeaten run?
Lower-placed teams are always the toughest to beat at this time of the season. If anything, United will find it more difficult than before.