Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United have “choked” in their Premier League title bid.
United are currently second in the table and five points behind leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand and are the league’s form team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side have lost ground in the race in recent weeks, winning just two of their last six top-flight games and dropping points to Liverpool, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Fulham.
Ferdinand finds it tough to see how United can end the season as champions.
“You can’t defend it. At the end of the day Man United were sitting pretty at the top of the league,” he said on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE podcast. “We didn’t come into this season expecting to be title challengers. We were too far behind Liverpool. You can’t expect to have a turnaround that big to win the league, it’s impossible.
“But I’m like all the other fans. You see the league table, you look at the results, you get excited. When you put yourself in that position, Man United have to strike. You’re there now and there’s an opportunity. When there’s an opportunity, you’ve got to go. The problem is we’ve let this opportunity slip through our hands.
“You can see Man City with their experience, they’ve smelt blood, they’ve put their heads down, they’ve gone. But United have stuttered, we’ve got the choke going, haven’t got it quite working properly. We have choked – it’s simple as that.
“I’d put us out of the title challenge unless we go on a run and we change our habits and our lack of consistency.
“But I haven’t seen enough to suggest we can go on a 10, 15-game winning streak. We’re tripping ourselves up all the time. It’s top four – we’ll finish second or third.”