Manchester United lack the mentality of champions

David De Gea and Victor Lindeloef of Manchester United (Photo by Martin Rickett - Pool/Getty Images)
David De Gea and Victor Lindeloef of Manchester United (Photo by Martin Rickett - Pool/Getty Images) /

Manchester United are not title contenders, they are mere pretenders. For all their scintillating attacking play and goal-scoring prowess, they lack the mental fortitude of champions. The ability to for the while 90 minutes stand tall when the going gets tough, put in that scrappy clearance to prevent the final kick of the game being a goal.

The match against Everton is proof that whilst Manchester United on the outside look like title contenders, they are far from challenging for the English Premier League.

To be completely far to Manchester United, the game against Everton wasn’t the conclusive evidence that they are simply not up to the task of winning the title, the lost to Sheffield United, the draw against Leicester City and the somewhat fortuitous win over Brighton were other pieces of the puzzle that quite simply state, that the Red Devils lack that final mental edge, that defiant attitude to scrap out a result, something that all great teams have, last season’s Liverpool team had it, they had many a dodgy result but they manage to keep it together and take home the three points.

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United currently are the exact opposite, capable of playing great football before being unable to hold it together when the pressure intensifies and than drop points.

Unfortunately, for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, this mentality is something that he cannot teach at the training ground, it’s something that the Manchester United players will have to draw from within. It’s not all doom and gloom for Manchester United, the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Eric Bailly eclipse that mindset.

How many times have we seen Fernandes driving his teammates on, McTominay putting a shift in for Manchester United and who can forget that goal-saving tackle by Eric Bailly in the match against Aston Villa. These are the little things that when combined together could be the difference between gaining a point or three points, the difference between being a title winner or a team that misses out on winning the title. The difference between champions and runners-up

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In this most strange of season, this is Manchester United’s best chance of winning the title, Liverpool look bereft of confidence and Manchester City will eventually drop points but if United don’t have the mentality of champions, I fear the Premier League title will not be coming back to Old Trafford.