Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Joey Barton favours Manchester United in title race due to "cold weather"

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho GETTYJose Mourinho saw his side thrash CSKA Moscow 4-1
Vera Richards | 28 September, 2017, 00:39

Manchester United are now joint top of the Premier League table after having won five of their opening six games.

The Armenia global has enjoyed a strong start to 2017-18, registering one goal and five assists in his side's first six league matches.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly left "angry" by the schedule of his side's Premier League and Champions League fixtures.

His bright start is in contrast to last season when he struggled to adapt to the demands of English football.

When CSKA Moscow manager Viktor Goncharenko sat down to assess the Manchester United squad, the Belarusian boss could have highlighted any number of players to worry about. Work hard in every game, do the things we need to do in the right way and wait for the other teams to lose points along the way.

"I can say last season I started not good as I had lots of injuries and I didn't feel good playing games", Mkhitaryan said.

Many observers have already picked the two Manchester clubs as the two main contenders in this season's race, already registering a goal difference that is double that of third place Chelsea.

One pundit who is a firm believer that the Red Devils are better equipped than their neighbours to lift the Premier League title this season (albeit for typically over the top reasons) is former Citizens midfielder Joey Barton.

United started Group A with a 3-0 home win over Basel and have a good record in Russian Federation, where they have yet to lose a European match and where they lifted the Champions League trophy in 2008 after a win over Chelsea in the final in Moscow.

"I'm not saying Mkhi starts tomorrow".

However, rivals Manchester City's Prem match against Watford that preceded their trip to Feyenoord was the only other fixture to be scheduled for the same time on a Saturday following a Wednesday Champions League game. "Of course the Champions League is not the same tournament, the Europa League is a bit different", Micki said. Champions League is a different level, the quality is better, difficulties are higher.

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