Club captain Gary Neville is convinced that Manchester United can have an unbeaten run-in to the Premier League title. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told his team they must win all of their remaining eight games to land a record-breaking 19th championship. And Neville, a key player in the 3-0 win over Fulham on Sunday which put United two points clear of Chelsea and Arsenal at the top, believes his team-mates are capable of doing precisely that.
The right-back said: “There are eight games to go in the Premier League and we’ve won the Carling Cup, so we’re getting to the business side of the season. These are the moments when you want to hit consistency and win every game you can because you know that losing games at this stage of the season can have a big impact.”
But Neville, 35, admits that the three-horse title race can go right to the wire, saying: “I think all three teams at the top can still win it. Arsenal, Chelsea and ourselves are all in it in what has been a weird season for us because if we’d played a normal season, we’d have probably been seven or eight points clear by now.”
“On the other hand, we are thinking, ‘Thank God we are still in it’. So it is all to play for in terms of the title. We are hopeful that we can hit that consistent level of form that we have done in previous seasons. We know that a consistent run now can be devastating and winning games will have a real impact on other teams”
“We need to continually win games and cut out mistakes at this stage of the season because it will be who puts the best run together who wins it. We have got the experience, but then, a few of the Chelsea players have won the league title as well. I’m hoping we win it because we have been the best team and the most consistent”
Neville knows full well what is needed to win titles. Together with his boss, he has been through this type of tight race many times before in his time at Old Trafford making his prediction one which should be noted.
In what order do you see the top 3 positions being at the end of the season?