MICHAEL OWEN has backed “improving” Manchester United to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title next season.
The former England forward is already looking ahead to the 2020-21 season after the Reds finally got their hands on their first-ever Premier League crown.
Owen led Liverpool close to breaking their duck with 29 goals in 2001-02 – but did eventually win his own title at Old Trafford in 2010-11.
And he’s backed Man Utd – along with Chelsea – to put more pressure on dominant duo Liverpool and Man City next season after showing improvements post-lockdown.
Owen told Premier League Productions: “I think [Liverpool] are a very, very strong team that’s probably going to be strong for some time.
“[But] that’s not to say they can’t be caught.
“Manchester City are a phenomenal team and if they turn it on we’re going to have a great title race.
“Manchester United are the first team outside those two that spring to mind because they’re improving at a rapid rate.”
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Owen continued: “Chelsea are showing a lot of intent with their signings.
“They’ve been banned from signing players for some while but now they’re making a big splash and they’ve got some youngsters coming in.
“Frank Lampard looks like he has the bit between their teeth.
“There’s lots of teams that look like they could [challenge] but I think they’re the main ones.”
Since returning from lockdown, Man Utd have drawn 1-1 with Tottenham, before winning against Sheffield United and Norwich.
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Most-pleasing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the performances of some of his players.
Anthony Martial, who scored United’s first league hat-trick since 2013 against Sheff Utd, has been particularly impressive.
United now sit just five points adrift of Chelsea – who beat Man City 2-1 to hand Liverpool the title – in fourth.
By: Dave Fraser
Title: Michael Owen backs ‘improving’ Man Utd to challenge Liverpool for the title next season
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11988289/man-utd-challenge-liverpool-premier-league-owen/
Published Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:17:26 +0000