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Poll: Are Man United genuine Premier League contenders?

| 28.09.2015

A clinical 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, coupled to Man City’s lunch-time capitulation to Tottenham at White Hart Lane thrust Manchester United to the top of the Premier League table this weekend.

There was once a time, well – a decade or so – where that was the norm.

United would be top of the league, and the world would continue on its way.

But this is the first time the men from Old Trafford have been top of the pile for 860 days.

Can they keep it up from now until May?

Vote now in today’s poll…

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May 21 2013 was the most recent time the Reds were number one, as Sir Alex Ferguson retired having led the team to a 13th Premier League title.

Since then, the World Cup in Brazil has come and gone, Wales are officially better than England at football and Cristiano Ronaldo has casually knocked in 120 goals for Real Madrid.

This Manchester United team under Louis van Gaal has taken five wins from seven games as Chelsea and Man City have faltered, combining a clinical attack with an increasingly resolute defence.

After opening the campaign with two wins from four games, United have kicked into life of late, inspired by the signing of Anthony Martial from Monaco to win their last three games.

The Reds have netted nine times in that spell, and are the Premier League’s third highest scorers, in addition to boasting the joint-best defence with Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian excelling.

With Martial rapidly settling in to life alongside Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay up front, is that a strong enough strikeforce to go on and win the league this season?

Are Manchester United genuine title contenders? Cast your vote and let us know…

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.