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Gary Neville says his “good feeling” is that Manchester United are unable to win the Premier League title despite their 6-2 win over Leeds on Sunday.
United were in a clinical mood as sent Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford. Scott McTominay scored twice in the first three minutes to put the hosts on track for a complete victory.
Leeds dominated possession and created opportunities of their own, but United also had plenty of opportunities to add to their six, the first time United have done so at home in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
It leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side just five points behind Liverpool with a game in hand over the Premier League champions.
Neville, however, does not think United can seriously challenge Liverpool.
“His form is really good,” Neville said in Gary Neville’s podcast.
“They are scoring goals and coming back in games, they played well [against Leeds]. Great match against Leicester on Boxing Day.
“But there is something that is not right. But when you look at where they are in the league and they can go two points behind Liverpool … if you had said at the beginning of the season that they would be in a position to go two points behind Liverpool with one game in hand. At Christmas, you absolutely would have broken anyone’s hand.
“Everyone thought that City and Liverpool were way ahead and for Manchester United it was about trying to bridge the gap.
“But no one thought they would ever be in a position to be this close, but they will finish second in the league if they can win their game at hand.
“And it does not seem that Manchester United has played like that. There has been talk of the coach’s job, obviously leaving Europe was a big problem, the performances have sometimes been horrible, the performances of the first half in many games have been terrible.
“You just watch them and you think a team is emerging that you think can challenge for the title. My instinct is still to say that. I don’t think Manchester United is going to win the league.
“But what I’m surprised about, it’s strange that they’re considering that probably a couple of weeks ago you thought this could be difficult, that it could be a challenging period at Christmas. But he looks a bit more optimistic. “
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