Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand agree Manchester United’s title chances after derby victory

Manchester United beat rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.

Both Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have ruled out Manchester United’s Premier League title prospects.

The Red Devils moved six points behind leaders Arsenal after beating local rivals Manchester City 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. The result was controversial as Marcus Rashford was ruled offside during Bruno Fernandes’ equaliser. Rashford scored in United’s win, while Jack Grealish opened the scoring.

United can go level with Arsenal if Mikel Arteta’s side lose at rivals Tottenham on Sunday and Erik ten Hag’s men win their next two Premier League games against Crystal Palace and the Gunners. Both United games are on the road.

Old Trafford heroes Scholes and Ferdinand were asked about their former club’s title record after Saturday’s game. Scholes told BT Sport: “We knew they [United] could beat a big team under pressure and we knew they needed to [step up].

“You asked me earlier, are they in the title race? I think you have to say they are. If they keep people fit, they’re a point behind City now – City are still the best team in this league for me – and now they’re playing games. it’s good to win.

“But in March and April, it’s very difficult to win these games. Arsenal are going really well, they look like a really good team, but injuries can affect them and they have a manager who has no experience of winning league titles and trophies. There are 20 games to go, still to go – until February it could change.”

Ferdinand then asked if United could finish above City. He said: “They’re closing the gap a little bit, but I think there’s still a major way forward. The gap between the clubs is still huge, a result like this changes your perspective on things and is unreal. .

“Man United still have a way to go, but they’re on the right track now and the Manchester United fans, I think I felt something here that I haven’t felt in a long time, there was belief.

“There was a bond between the players and the fans on the pitch again because there’s a confident team out there who are ready to fight, don’t fold under pressure and don’t fold when there’s a bit of a bad spell in the game. game, and that’s only good for the future of the team.

“The manager has to be given a lot of credit right now because he is building a team that is ready to fight.”

Having won the Premier League trophy fouuuuuuur times in the previous five seasons, City are still considered favorites for the title. They also boast the Premier League’s leading goalscorer in Erling Holland, who has found the net 21 times this term.

And Arsenal could make a big statement by beating Tottenham on Sunday afternoon – with Newcastle and Spurs also in contention. With 20 match days left in the campaign, it is still too early to make a firm prediction for the Premier League title.

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