Rival Premier League Boss Surprisingly Backs Man United For Title Win

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Manchester United can still win the Premier League title, according to Mark Hughes…

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes that Manchester United are still firmly in title contention, despite being ten points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea at the half-way point in the season.

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Reports on Sky Sports carry quotes from Hughes, whose Stoke side host United on Thursday. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last nine league games, and the Potters boss believes the turnaround is mainly due to the influence of rival boss Louis van Gaal.

“I think they are title contenders, they may have given themselves too much to do – they’re 10 points back at the moment and there are very strong teams ahead of them,” Hughes said.

“They’re coming into a run of form now which will encourage them and that’s what they need to do, they can’t afford to have too many more slip ups.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to overcome them and that will be four defeats – historically you can’t afford more than six to seven. If you have that many defeats it’s almost impossible to win the Premier League.

“They’ll be aware of that but they have the players to go on an extended run as they’re doing at the moment. Van Gaal seems to talk about his philosophy a lot and any philosophy you have as a manager takes time to instil.”

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