Manchester United goalkeeping legend Alex Stepney believes that the team need to be consistent at home and do well against the top teams if they are to challenge for the title this season.
Alex has been pleased with the start United have made to the campaign and asserts that winning their home games and beating the top teams is of utmost importance if the club are going to have a chance of winning something this season: “They’ve got the rashness of the start of the season over and obviously we’ve got a great team. I think they are progressing especially if you look at the start of last season and I think they’ve got a great chance of winning something this year.
“It’s all down to the home games, if we can keep winning those it’ll give a lot of confidence to the team. It’s what you do against the top teams that counts, against your Chelsea’s, City’s, Arsenal’s and Liverpool’s. If you can get an average of four points in the two games against those teams then you’re going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”
Alex gives his opinion on the news that David De Gea has recently signed a new contract with the club despite coming very close to leaving for Real Madrid near the end of the transfer window: “We’ll probably never find out exactly what went on, maybe in ten years time. He’s kept quiet about it and signed a new contract so let’s hope he commits to that because that’s what we need.”
Of the new signings, Alex has been impressed with how the group have adapted to life at Old Trafford and also with how they’ve been handled by Louis Van Gaal: “You’ve got to come into a new set up and adapt to playing in a new league. I think they’ve done marvellously well and that’s why we’re second in the table. They’ve been rotated very well too.
“Anthony Martial has been very impressive since signing, ok it was a lot of money and no one knew much about him but you’ve got to do it year after year, like Wayne Rooney has done. If he can carry on the way he has been playing then it’s a fantastic buy.”
With Manchester City now in touching distance and Chelsea having made a poor start to the season, talk is beginning to grow among United fans about whether the team is good enough to win the title. Alex won the league with United in 1967 and gives his view: “It’s too early to tell but they’ll be there or thereabouts. If we win our home games and do well against the top teams then we’re in with a great chance.”