Man Utd has the quality to be a contender for the Premier League title: Matic

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are six points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand following a 3-2 win over Sheffield United on Thursday

Manchester United are good enough to fight for the Premier League title this season, according to veteran midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side climbed to sixth in the standings with another comeback win on Thursday, recovering from an early setback by beating Sheffield United, the rock bottom, 3-2 at Bramall Lane.

About a third of the season, United are now six points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.

Coming from behind has been a Red Devils specialty this season, but Matic wasn’t worried about Dean Henderson’s early mistake that allowed David McGoldrick to give the Blades the lead.

“I don’t think we started slowly,” Matic said BBC Radio 5 live. “We knew what to expect, that they would fight for their lives. Unfortunately we conceded goals with a small error but we managed to overturn the game and score three goals.

“These are three very important points for us, they bring us closer to the best teams. They don’t deserve a single point this season, but that’s football.

“If we continue like this … it will be difficult at times, but we have to show our quality in every single match. I think we have the quality to fight for the title; if we want to win, I don’t know.”

While Thursday night saw three more direct points at Manchester, that also means Sheffield United have now started the worst season of a top-flight season in English football history.

Solskjaer and his players aim significantly higher. Before the match, fellow Matic midfielder Fred outlined his ambition to see his team top the table by the end of the year.

United have tough games against Leeds United, Leicester City and Wolves before the end of December, as well as a Carabao Cup quarter-final at Everton.

“If we manage to win them all, we will be very close to the leaders at the top of the table or we could even get first place,” Fred told the club’s official website.

“So we will try to win every game and I’m sure our team will do everything to get to the top of the table and stay there.”

If United have confirmed their title aspirations by the end of that series, a potentially season-defining clash with champions Liverpool is just on the horizon – at Anfield on January 17.

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