Rio Ferdinand tips Man United to launch title challenge

Rio Ferdinand suggest Man United's last-gasp win could inspire Louis van Gaal's side to title

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United’s dramatic 2-1 win over Watford could be the catalyst for a Premier League title challenge this season.

The visitors edged into an 11th-minute lead thanks to Memphis Depay’s opener after the Netherlands international profited from the absence of Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.

However, Watford captain Troy Deeney appeared to have rescued a point for the hosts with five minutes remaining after the striker scored from the penalty spot to end United’s five-game run of clean sheets.

But World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger restored United’s lead on the stroke of full-time with a close-range finish from an acute angle to send Van Gaal’s side to the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal and Manchester City will overhaul United if the league’s second and third-placed sides win their Saturday fixtures, but Ferdinand believes the Red Devils’s win could be vital in the context of the title race.

Ferdinand won five Premier League titles during an 11-year stay at Old Trafford.

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