Jamie Carragher insists it is far too soon to say Manchester United can’t win this season’s Premier League title, saying he “expects them to be up there come the end of the season”.
Jose Mourinho’s side started the season with three straight wins, but defeats to Manchester City and Watford, followed by a draw with Stoke, leave United down in sixth place – and five points off top spot.
That gap could be as wide as eight by the time they take to the field for Monday Night Football’s clash at Liverpool next weekend – but Carragher insists their rivals would be wrong to write them off already.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher said: “It probably feels like that [Liverpool more likely to win title than United] now, because of how Liverpool have started the season, but it was only two or three days ago we were saying it was going to be a shoot-out for the league between United and City.
“I still think United will be right up there come the end of the season, the manager has got great experience of winning the Premier League, so I certainly wouldn’t write Manchester United off at such an early stage.
“I think them, and hopefully Liverpool, will be up there fighting for the title.”
Carragher on Klopp vs Mourinho
Carragher once again expects plenty of the build-up to Monday’s match to centre around Jurgen Klopp’s battle with Mourinho, and Carragher continued: “That’s a talking point for every big game now, we knew at the start of the season how important the names were, how big the names were, some of the biggest in world football.
“We find ourselves talking about managers now more than players, which I think some people enjoy, some people think it’s the players on the pitch.
“Whichever way you look at it, it just shows you how big the Premier League is.”
Carragher on ‘confident’ Liverpool
Finally, Carragher thinks Liverpool will go into the Monday Night Footballclash in confident mood after their excellent early season form.
“It is a big game, with a lot of new players in that side now,” the former Liverpool defender added. “But it feels like in the Premier League every game is a big game now.
“This is extra special, under the lights at Anfield, and there’s been some great games there, you think of the 3-3 game all that time ago. It will be a great atmosphere, and I think Liverpool will go in confident with the way they’re playing.
“But it’s always difficult on the back of international games – who you bring back, what time they come back, did anyone pick up any injuries, so that will have bearing too.”