Darren Fletcher makes prediction about Man United’s title prospects
Darren Fletcher believes Manchester United can still win the Premier League title this season
Darren Fletcher says Manchester United are still in the Premier League title race.
The Red Devils have won their last four games in all competitions which has included back-to-back wins against Arsenal and Watford.
I’m not saying they’re going to win the league but they are thereabouts now and if anybody can put a run together they’re probably going to go on and do it
Louis van Gaal’s side are 13 points behind leaders Leicester City ahead of their clash against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday.
Former United midfielder Fletcher refused to rule out the 20-time English champions despite Leicester’s comfortable lead over the Red Devils.
“The scrutiny is there at Manchester United – I experienced that under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, that’s just what it is at that club,” Fletcher told Sky Sports.
“The club’s expected to win titles, challenging for the top four is not what the fans want, it’s not good enough for Manchester United. That’s the challenge that he’s facing and I think he’s realised that now. The form’s picked up dramatically the last few weeks and the young lads have come in and done fantastically.
“They’ve found themselves in a position now where the top four is a realistic possibility and the title’s not out of the question. I’m not saying they’re going to win the league but they are thereabouts now and if anybody can put a run together they’re probably going to go on and do it.
“(Van Gaal) is a fantastic coach, he’s proved that. I think the Premier League has been a very difficult challenge for him, I think he’ll be the first to admit that he’s found it a lot more difficult than he expected. I think people look at the Premier League and are maybe a little bit naive to the tactical element of it.”
Fletcher won four Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Champions League during 12-year career at Old Trafford.
The Scotland international moved to West Brom from United after Van Gaal took over the reins at the Manchester club.
The no-nonsense midfielder has scored three times in 30 appearances in all competitions for West Brom since his transfer.
United face West Brom on Sunday before Van Gaal’s side make the trip to Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash.