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Michael Owen refuses to rule Manchester United out of Premier League title race

Ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen has claimed that the Red Devils are still in with a shout in the 2022-23 title race.

Owen, who won the 2011 Premier League trophy during his time at Old Trafford, believes that his former side cannot be ruled out yet despite talks of a two-way battle between Arsenal and Manchester City.

“If Man City and Arsenal were playing like they were a few months ago, then I would say it’s between those two but both of them are stumbling,” Owen was quoted saying by the Mirror.

“Arsenal, one point from six. Man City, I can’t see them going on an amazing run like they have the last few years.”

“They’ve got to play each other twice as well, so there will be points dropped there.

“You have to include Manchester United. If you include Man City, you’ve got to include United – there’s a lot of football to be played.”

Off the back of a 2-0 win over Leeds United yesterday courtesy of late goals from Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho, United moved within five points of league leaders Arsenal, albeit having played two games more.

Erik ten Hag’s men have come out on top in nine of their 12 matches across all competitions since the turn of the year, successfully navigating a hectic schedule which has them average a game every 3.6 days.

United now prepare for yet another frenetic run of matches with four outings on the horizon over the next ten days starting with Thursday’s Europa League clash against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Homes games against Leicester City and Barcelona are to follow before United conclude February with a meeting against Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final where they will be looking to end a six-year trophy drought.

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