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 Solskjaer’s side sidelined defending champions Liverpool by three points after a 1-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday night.
The first two teams will meet at Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, and McAteer believes United are fortunate enough to lead the league ahead of the game.
“When it comes to Manchester United at the top of the table, I think that’s a false position,” McAteer told Sky Sports News.
“Burnley gave them a tough game but they went through it and showed a little bit of resilience. There is a little bit of team spirit in Manchester United.
“But Ole didn’t face what the other teams had to face, in terms of a lot of injuries this season. He had a lot of players to choose from.”
United are unbeaten in 15 away Premier League games following their victory at Turf Moor, with their last road loss to Liverpool at Anfield in January 2020.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have been undefeated at home in the Premier League since April 2017.
McAteer is confident his former club will extend that run on Sunday and doubts United will have the consistency needed to maintain their title challenge for a full season.
“At the end of the season I think Liverpool and Manchester City will fight. I think Manchester United will give up,” McAteer added.
“When you look at their results, when they played against RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Arsenal, they didn’t go through those games.
“It just tells me that when the big opportunity comes, can Manchester United really do it?”
Gary Neville refused to rule out Manchester United winning the Premier League after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came out on top and urged United fans to “get carried away” ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.
United’s deserved 1-0 win over Burnley propelled them three points ahead of champions Liverpool and topped the Premier League at 17 appearances for the first time since their 2012/13 season with Sir Alex Ferguson.
It represents a stunning turnaround for United since their home loss to Arsenal in early November and Sky Sports specialist Neville is enjoying the situation – and United’s entirely unexpected sight above Liverpool in the table.
“I don’t think anyone is saying Manchester United are going to win the league, but the fact that they are fighting for the title… wow. I never imagined that,” Neville said.
“It’s a weird season. Why shouldn’t Manchester United fans believe? Why shouldn’t this team believe? Look at the top three, look at that midfielder four, look at Bruno Fernandes – they have fantastic players.
“The other teams are not in great shape. Man City are sitting there cool and calm, nobody is really talking about them, but they are in very good shape and that’s a real danger. But in the next few days he it’s time. for some fun. It won’t be a comfortable few days for Liverpool. “
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer welcomes Sunday’s clash with Liverpool and insists his players are ready for “a big test” after Manchester United claim first place in the Premier League.
Paul Pogba’s deflected second-half volley secured a 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor which saw United open a three-point cushion on the champions ahead of their Super Sunday clash – live Sky Sports.
“It’s a brilliant position to be in,” Solskjaer said Sky Sports. “Of course we know we will go to the champions who have had an incredible three and a half seasons, we know it will be a tough game for us, but we’re ready for it.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better time to play them because we’re fit, fit and hungry, which is a good thing because these boys want to improve and that’s the test of their character and quality. “