Jamie Redknapp says Manchester United’s fully-fit squad will pose a real threat to the likes of Chelsea in the race for a Premier League top-four spot.
The English top flight returns on Wednesday, 100 days after the last match between Aston Villa and Leicester.
United were one of the in-form sides prior to the shutdown after winning three and drawing two of their previous five.
Indeed, they extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches in all competitions in the FA Cup and Europa League.
That run was particularly impressive given that Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford were out injured.
However, the break has allowed both to return to fitness, something Redknapp feels will give United a huge boost.
“There are important players coming back,” Redknapp told The Sky Sports Football Podcast (via Sky Sports News).
“If you look at Manchester United right now, they’ve got a young man in Marcus Rashford who is now fit for his team.
“That’s going to be amazing to have him back for United. It’s like a brand new signing – one of the best centre forwards in the world or wide players, wherever you want to play him.
“So I think United will look at that and think ‘we’ve got a real chance’.
“It will be interesting to see the dynamic in midfield, too, with Paul Pogba coming back as well. There’s so much talent in that area now and if you can get that midfield working together then you’ve got a really big chance.
“Teams will be nervous about United. The likes of Chelsea that are already in the top four will be looking over their shoulder.”
MAN UTD RETURN AGAINST SPURS
United return to action on Friday evening against Tottenham in north London in a key clash for both sides.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer‘s visitors will be looking to continue where they left off, with Spurs the opposite.
United put one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals in their last game – a 5-0 win over LASK in Austria.
Jose Mourinho’s men, meanwhile, lost five of the last six before the pause in the season.
That run saw their Premier League form spiral and also saw them dumped out of the FA Cup and Champions League.