Former Manchester United goalkeeper Chris Turner believes that the results of the two Manchester derbies could decide who wins the title this season and thinks some of United’s young players have the potential to be world-class.
Chris, who made 79 appearances in goal for United between 1985 and 1988, is also glad that the future of David De Gea has been sorted out and thinks that speculation linking him with Real Madrid caused disruption early on in the season: “I am pleased that David De Gea’s situation has been resolved, because I was one of the few people in his early days at Old Trafford that thought he would come through the sticky start that he had there which has proven to be the case.
“While his situation was unresolved at the start of the season it caused quite a few problems but it’s been sorted now.”
Chris asserts that some of United’s summer signings have the potential to follow in the footsteps of De Gea and become great players and gives his opinion on what United need to do if they are to win the title this season:
“It doesn’t look as though Louis Van Gaal is looking at the long term and is looking more toward the next couple of years when he’ll still be in charge. He’s signed some players who he probably hopes will get better and go on to become world-class like David De Gea and the signs are there.
“I think the start to the season has been a good one, obviously the result and performance were disappointing at Arsenal but you only have to look at Chelsea, who are out of the title race for me. It’s going to be between City and United, I’ll put Arsenal in there as well.
“I think for United to win it this year they’ve got to win the two derby matches to gain those six points because I think it will go down to less than ten points between those two clubs. City have had a wobble but they’ve got some unbelievable players there who are experienced and established whereas United have got a lot of young players who’ve been brought in and it could all depend on how they handle that.
“They’ve brought in the likes of Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin who are experienced players and should be able to help the younger lads.
“It’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back from the Arsenal defeat in the next league fixture and they’ve got the game against City coming up in the next couple of weeks. I think United are in with a shout.”