By Mark Weasley
Manchester United have gone 13 matches unbeaten in all competitions since the end of October, and that growing confidence should be a worrying sign for their rivals.
The Red Devils have won their last six league games and are just a point behind Arsenal, who currently occupy fourth place, The Gunners face a tricky away game at Bournemouth this week. Against West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night, United benefited from refereeing gaffe from Mike Dean, which ensured that they kept up with their top 4 rivals.
Tough games against the likes of West Brom, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham mean that aside Chelsea, they are the form team in England. Dean sent off Soufiane Feghouli, in what was a clear 50-50 challenge, but Mourinho won’t care, as his club have also suffered some costly referring mistakes earlier in the season.
Having settled on a midfield trio of Pogba, Herrera and iconic midfielder, Michael Carrick, United have improved steadily and have put themselves in contention for a place in next season’s Champions League. The likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are starting to show their quality on a more consistent basis, while the feel-good factor at Old Trafford has been brought back with seven consecutive wins across all competitions.
Next up for United is an FA Cup third round clash against Championship high flyers, Reading, a game which will see Jaap Stam return to Old Trafford, albeit as a manager after his exit as a player some 15 years ago under Sir Alex Ferguson.
After the Reading game is the EFL Cup semi-final tie against Hull City, followed by a crucial league game against Liverpool a week on Saturday. Win our next two cup matches and United will be confident of beating Jurgen Klopp’s men and if they raise their game and their top players come to the party, they can definitely derail The Reds title ambitions.
The expectation level is high and rightly so, and they will look to continue that trend, Jose Mourinho is still special.