Roy Keane has said that Manchester United can win the Premier League title if they can continue to muster solid home form.
The Red Devils sit joint-top with Liverpool after 16 games and have a game in hand on the champions.
What’s more, they have yet to play Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead of their first meeting later this month.
United’s poor start to the season came amid their struggles at Old Trafford. Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal – among others – have all taken points on Red Devils’ turf.
Indeed, they have performed markedly better away from home but combining such form with an improvement at home has seen them climb the table.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Keane insisted that United’s home form is their only weak point.
“If they keep winning football matches [they can win the title],” the pundit said (via the Manchester Evening News). “We were really critical of them at the start of the season – well I was, and rightly so, because their home form was so bad.
“It was shocking, some of their performances and results, but away from home they were fantastic.
“We just said, because it’s such a bizarre season, if they get their home form they were never that far adrift.
“And even their last few victories, a bit of luck against Villa the other night with the penalty, injury time winner against Wolves, brilliant against Leeds.
“United will obviously be getting confidence and belief that they can certainly challenge Liverpool.”
Keane was speaking ahead of Leicester’s clash with Newcastle on Sunday. He added that as many as six teams could maintain a title charge.
Keane warns of tough title race
“United are on a good run, they have managed to sort their home form out over the last three home games, certainly. Tottenham had a good win yesterday [against Leeds],” Keane said.
“If Leicester win today [Sunday], even if Chelsea win today, they’re back in the top four and, of course, you can’t write Man City off.
“We have been critical of City recently because they have set such high standards over the last few years.
“But away from home they were fantastic and we just said if they can get their home form, and a bit of luck against Villa the other night with the penalty, an injury-time winner against Wolves, brilliant against Leeds.
“United will certainly be getting confidence that they can at least challenge Liverpool.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes that United will falter towards the end, allowing Liverpool and City to dominate.