Manchester United are in a “false position” at the top of the Premier League and will drop out of the title race as the season progresses, according to former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side moved three points away from defending champions Liverpool after a 1-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday night.
The top two sides meet at Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, and McAteer believes United are lucky to be league leaders on their way into the match.
“As far as Manchester United are at the top of the table, I think that is a false position,” McAteer told Sky Sports News.
“Burnley gave them a hard game, but they got through it and showed a little resilience. There will be some team spirit in Manchester United.
“But Ole has not dealt with what other teams have dealt with in terms of many injuries this season. He has had many players to choose from.”
United are unbeaten in 15 Premier League away games following their win at Turf Moor, with their final defeat on the road to Liverpool at Anfield in January 2020.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have been unbeaten at home in the Premier League since April 2017.
McAteer is convinced that his former club will extend the race on Sunday and doubts whether United have the consistency to maintain their title challenge for an entire season.
“Come the end of the season, I think Liverpool and Manchester City are fighting for it. I think Manchester United are dropping out,” McAteer added.
“When you look at their results, after playing for RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Arsenal, they have not come through these games.
“It just tells me when Manchester United can actually do it?”
Gary Neville has refused to rule out Manchester United winning the Premier League after Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side went to the top, urging United fans to “be carried away” before Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.
United’s deserved 1-0 win over Burnley has taken them three points away from champions Liverpool and the top of the Premier League by marking 17 games for the first time since their 2012/13 title-winning season under Sir Alex Ferguson.
It represents an astonishing turnaround for United since they lost at home to Arsenal in early November, and Sky Sports expert Neville enjoys the situation – and the completely unexpected view of United over Liverpool in the league table.
“I do not think anyone says Manchester United win the league, but the fact that they are in a title fight … wow. I would never have imagined that,” said Neville.
“It’s a strange season. Why should Manchester United fans not believe? Why should this side not believe? Look at the top three, look at the middle four, look at Bruno Fernandes – they have some fantastic players.
“The other teams are not in good shape. Man City are sitting there cool and calm, no one is really talking about them, but they are in very good shape and it is a real danger. But in the next few days it’s time to have it. a little fun. It will not be a few pleasant days for Liverpool. “
Ole Gunnar Solskjær enjoys Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool and insists that his players are ready for “a fantastic test” after Manchester United claimed top place in the Premier League.
Paul Pogbas’ rejected second-half volley secured a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, which saw United open a three-point cushion over the champions ahead of their clash on Super Sunday – live on Sky Sports.
“It is a brilliant position to be in,” said Solskjær Sky Sports. “Of course we know we are going to the champions who have had an incredible three and a half seasons, we know it will be a difficult game for us, but we are ready for it.
“We could not have asked for a better time to play them because we are in good shape, good shape and hungry, which is a good thing because these boys will get better and that is the test of their character and quality.”