Jamie Redknapp makes bold prediction about Man United’s season
Jamie Redknapp is certain that Manchester United remain one of the favourites to win the Premier League title this season
Jamie Redknapp is convinced that Manchester United have a “great” chance of winning the Premier League this season, despite their recent stuttering form.
Louis van Gaal’s men were held to a goalless draw by a battling West Ham United side at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon as they dropped points for the second successive week in the top flight.
If the forwards can find their feet, United have a great chance of winning the title
Saturday’s draw left United in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points behind surprise leaders Leicester City as the hectic festive schedule looms large.
But despite United’s recent inconsistent run of results, former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp feels that Van Gaal’s side are still very much in the mix for the title.
Redknapp wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “Several Manchester United players are hiding behind the criticism of Louis van Gaal. The manager has taken the heat off a number of players whose displays have been worse than what they should have been this season.
“Wayne Rooney is not performing to the level he should, Anthony Martial’s levels have dropped and Memphis Depay – who cost £25m – has only scored twice in the Premier League.
“As much as Van Gaal’s side are not exciting to watch, these are Manchester United players and when the crowd roar and want you to get forward, you’re not going to say: ‘We can’t run forward because of the manager’.
“You do it on instinct. Do you think he’s telling Rooney not to shoot? Of course not. I’ve been in dressing rooms where the team is struggling but the manager is getting the stick and some players are relieved they are not being criticised.
“The forwards have got to take responsibility and if they can find their feet, United have a great chance of winning the title.”
United travel to Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Tuesday night needing a victory to guarantee their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.
They then travel to Bournemouth next Saturday evening.