By Taiwo Okanlawon
Derby County Football Club’s manager Wayne Rooney has tipped Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s Manchester United will win the Premier League this season.
The legendary Manchester United striker added he has been confident of that for six weeks.
United have now played half of their Premier League matches for the 2020-21 season and currently top the table.
It seems the club are in their strongest position to challenge for the title since they last won it in 2012-13, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge.
Solskjaer maintains that nobody at the club is thinking about the title yet and they are taking things one game at a time.
Indeed, if they are to win the title, they will have to distance themselves from rivals Liverpool and Manchester City – and possibly other contenders like Leicester and Tottenham.
But they will certainly have been boosted by Liverpool’s shock 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Thursday. The reigning champions are six points behind United after 19 games.
Rooney – who recently took charge of Derby County on a permanent basis – believes his old club have what it takes to get over the line.
“In the last few years Manchester United haven’t been ready to challenge for the title. But now they’ve built a strong of players,” Rooney told Sky Sports.
“[Bruno] Fernandes coming in has helped massively. [Edinson] Cavani, with that winning mentality, has helped massively. Now the squad is challenging for a Premier League title.
“I said six weeks ago to the coaches in the office that I thought Manchester United would win the league and I still think that today.
“Paul Pogba will have a massive part to play in that. They’ve brought players in with winning mentalities and now Paul can do what he does best and show his quality on the pitch.”