Pundit sends blunt message to Man United supporters about title challenge

Mark Lawrenson calls for calm despite Manchester United's impressive start to the new season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson has warned Manchester United supporters not to get carried away with their start to the Premier League season despite tipping the Red Devils to be genuine title contenders.

The Red Devils have made an impressive start to the 2017-18 campaign thanks to successive Premier League victories over West Ham United and Swansea City.

Manchester United eased to a commanding 4-0 win against the Hammers in their opening Premier League fixture thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s double and goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.

The 20-time English champions backed up their opening result with an impressive 4-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.

Goals from Eric Bailly, Lukaku, Martial and Pogba helped Manchester United to hoist themselves to the top of the Premier League table after two games.

The Red Devils haven’t challenged for the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson won the competition for the 13th time in May 2013 before announcing his retirement.

But former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes it is far too early in the season to be crowning Manchester United as Premier League champions elect.

“I think the red half of Manchester have decided they have already won the league but all it is so far is a very good start,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “They do look major contenders though.

“They have a big squad and have as many quality players as anybody, including Manchester City. They have strength and pace and power in that team, which is a major thing with manager Jose Mourinho.

“They know they have a good side and that they will be close in all competitions.”

Manchester United will take on CSKA Moscow, Benfica and Basel in the Champions League group stage starting next month.

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