Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has shared his opinion on his former club’s chances of winning the Premier League title in 2022-23.
United are fifth in the Premier League after their first 10 games before the trip to Chelsea on Saturday and a win would see them move into the top four and sit five points behind leaders Arsenal, who face Southampton on Sunday.
They finished second under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2020-21 but last season ended in disaster when the Norwegian was sacked before things got worse under interim boss Ralf Rangnick and the club slipped to sixth place.
There is renewed optimism under new manager Erik ten Hag, who joined from Ajax this summer, who has bounced back from a shaky start to lead the Red Devils to impressive victories over Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.
Evra helped United become English champions in 2012-13 – the last time they won the title – under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Asked about United’s chances of lifting the Premier League Cup this season, Evra told Betfair: “It was a great performance from Man United against Tottenham.
“It was complete because they dominated early in the game but let’s not talk about the title race, let’s talk about fourth place.
“After the loss to Man City I was worried but that showed the character, the resilience and that no player wants to give up and I was really proud.
“I really believe in the process and Man United are going in the right direction but I know there will be a lot of ups and downs.
“You can really see Ten Hag’s progress and style, which is really encouraging for the future.
“The football and the philosophy that is being implemented is evolving so quickly. In fact, it was very difficult to choose a man of the match after the game.
“It was a real team effort and the way they won was more important to me than the result.
“Old Trafford rocked, but what I enjoyed the most was the structure of the team. The way the team pressed together and the balance of the team and the energy.
“I didn’t expect Tottenham to dominate the game and I think Tottenham have Hugo Lloris to thank because Man United should have been 5-0 up.
“Man United have shown consistency in most of the big games apart from against Man City.
“I see progress because against Arsenal and Liverpool they didn’t control the game while United were in control against Tottenham.
“Everyone was disappointed with the draw against Newcastle but it’s not like they’re a small team, that’s Newcastle.
“Man United have to play with the same intensity in every game.”
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