Steven Gerrard: How long it will take Jose Mourinho to turn Man United into title contenders
Steven Gerrard believes Manchester United won't challenge for the Premier League title this season
Steven Gerrard has poured cold water on talk of Manchester United winning the Premier League this season but has admitted that Jose Mourinho’s players will be title challengers next term.
The Red Devils were 2-1 winners against Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve to win their fifth successive Premier League game after a stuttering start to the 2016-17 season.
They then beat West Ham 2-0 on Monday night to stretch their winning run to six games.
Manchester United appointed Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May 2016 after the Red Devils limped to a fifth-place finish in the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
Mourinho signed four players in the summer transfer window as he looked to turn the Red Devils into title winners, including world-record signing Paul Pogba in an £89m deal from Serie A champions Juventus.
Speaking to BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight show, Gerrard delivered his verdict on Manchester United’s chances of winning the title in the 2016-17 campaign.
“There are signs that they are getting back to the Manchester United of old. There’s a lot more pace in the team,” Gerrard said.
“I think Jose’s getting his message across to the team now. This time next year Manchester United will be in the title race but I feel like they’ve left themselves with too much to do [this season].”
The Red Devils haven’t won a Premier League crown since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager following a 13th top-flight title.