No, Manchester United are not in the Premier League title race
Every Manchester United win is the greatest win you’ve ever seen. Every Manchester United defeat is the most shameful defeat in the history of the sport. Here’s how it works.
In other words, Manchester United are the Dallas Cowboys of the Premier League: a franchise that has never won anything but still generates weekly conversations because of how big they are.
United have not seriously challenged for a Premier League or Champions League title for nine years, and they have only finished in the top four in four of those nine seasons. But in spite of all this, they still did all Premier League clubs (at least those that are not currently under investigation for illegally inflating their commercial income) in the last season. The lack of on-field success has slowly eroded United’s once huge financial advantage as both Manchester City (see previous bracket) and Liverpool generated more revenue last season.
However, even with sixth place in the league last season, only three clubs (those two plus Real Madrid) have made more money in the 2021-22 season. There is no other club in the world that can sustain such global interest after such a comparatively terrible decade of performances.
Perhaps that’s why it’s not surprising that after a few months of steady work under first-year manager Eric ten Hag, you’ve begun to hear whispers, if not outright cries, of Manchester United… in the title race? They are only five points behind the first place!
Let’s just get it out of the way: no, no, it’s not.