Mikael Silvestre weighs in on Man United’s title chances

Former defender Mikael Silvestre has become the latest high-profile name to weigh in on Man United’s title chances.

After beating rivals and noisy neighbours Man City 2-1 in last weekend’s blockbuster Manchester derby, Erik Ten Hag’s Red Devils found themselves in a decent-looking position.

Entering what once seemed like an unlikely title race, United, although still someway off leaders Arsenal, managed to close the gap on City, who sit second, to just one point.

However, matched against Crystal Palace for a midweek clash at Selhurst Park, Ten Hag, who was expecting a tough game, would have liked to have seen his side continue their impressive run. However, despite taking a first-half lead through Bruno Fernandes, United were forced to share the points after Michael Olise fired in a beautiful free-kick equaliser in extra-time.

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Taking just one point away from South London, United have once again slipped below City and Newcastle.

Preparing for a huge tie against Arsenal on the weekend, a win would right the wrongs of Wednesday night’s disappointing result, but regardless of Sunday’s outcome, Silvestre does not believe his old side should be considered genuine title contenders.

“No, Man United are not in the title race,” the retired defender told Betting Expert, as quoted by MEN.

“I think we have to be realistic and remember where Man United are coming from. At the moment I will not consider them to be in the title race but if they are still up there in April then things can change.

“They have to focus and keep their eyes on the ball. It is a long-term project for the club and I’m sure that Erik ten Hag will not be carried away by the recent results.

“I think they can continue down this good path and everything is really up to Man United now.

“So, still early to say for United. For me, they need to confirm themselves as title challengers. It’s not because of one month you play well, get the results and that’s it. So, I’m very cautious on where the team will end up at the end of the season.”

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