Despite holding Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, the Aston Villa boss does not think United are out of the title race. Dropping points at Villa Park means that United could be ten points behind Chelsea if they win their Monday night game.
Gaps greater than six or seven points are very difficult to close down, but not impossible. There have been seasons where a team was 12 points behind, but went on to win the league title. Paul Lambert believes that United have that ability to come from behind and win.
“They are still a work in progress, but I think they have the potential to be a quality side. If they can keep players fit, add one or two in January, and get some consistency of selection anything is possible. I would not rule them out of challenging for the Premier League,” he said.
United fans will be hoping that Lambert is correct in his assessment. They currently sit in third place, which is a vast improvement on last season’s seventh place finish. However, United are used to challenging at the very top of the table, and Igor Cornelsen expects it as a fan. Being ten points behind Chelsea would be disappointing, and fans aren’t happy online.
If the Manchester side can win their next three games before the FA Cup break, and Chelsea drop a few points, they could be back in the title race for the second half of the season.