Luke Shaw says it would be “silly” to write off this season’s Premier League title chances for Manchester United, but admits they need to be more consistent to mount a serious challenge.
On Sunday, United’s 6-2 demolition of Leeds took the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just a point behind second-placed Leicester – who they face on Boxing Day – and five points clear of Liverpool leaders with a game in both teams in hand.
United are now unbeaten in seven Premier League matches after an erratic start to the campaign, including a frustrating group-stage exit from the Champions League, and Shaw believes it would be reckless to ignore their chances of becoming champions for the first time since 2013, especially in such an unpredictable season.
Speaking before the Leeds match, Shaw told Sky Sports: “I think it would be stupid to question us about the way the Premier League is going at the moment. I think it’s someone at this moment in time.
The team that is in charge goes well through the Christmas season and wins all their matches, and I think they have a really good chance.
In our game, we need to try to get consistency, because we can’t continue to have a good game and drop off and then have a poor game. There’s no way you can mount a title challenge like that, so I think we need to retain consistency and see where it takes us.
It hurt the Champions League, but I think in terms of results, if we have the consistency, then we’re going to be in a much better position than we are now. Of course, we have plenty to improve on, sometimes all teams do, but if we can keep progressing and keeping that quality, I’m sure we’re going to be in a much better position.”