Sir Alex Ferguson knows a thing or two about winning a Premier League title.
His 13 top-flight medals far outweigh any manager in British history as he guided Manchester United to almost 30 years of unparallelled success.
But since his retirement in 2013, the Red Devils have failed to win another title, with a second place finish under Jose Mourinho their best showing.
However, despite a stuttering start that saw them fail to win their first four games at Old Trafford, United are firmly in the race this time around.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are level on points with Liverpool, having played a game fewer than their old foes.
And Ferguson understands why it has taken so long for his old side to move back to the summit, following such a long era of dominance.
“It’s not an easy road to get back into challenging for the league,” he told the Daily Mail. “It’s a difficult league these days.”
United are 10 unbeaten in the league, with eight of those ending in a victory for Solskjaer’s side.
Despite that, the Nowegian is refusing to get carried away, claiming he won’t look at the standings for a number of months.
“There’s no title race after 15 games. You can lose the chance of being in a race in the first 10 games, of course you can,” he said, last week.
“But play another 15, get to 30 and then maybe we can start talking about a title race, when you get to March or April, when we have at least played more than half a season.
Jurgen Klopp is hoping to become just the fourth manager to retain the Premier League crown, behind Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Mourinho.
But the Reds have seen their lead at the top of the table dwindle away following a run of no wins in three.
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On the race, Klopp said: “I am pretty sure because it will go to the wire probably but it is tough for all of us which is the reason why it is so close.
“If you are a neutral, you will love it!
“Last season was very tough for us as well and it was not as though we thought ‘oh my god this is easy’.
“This year is tough again. I am not surprised it is that close.
“We have our situation and all the other clubs have their situation and our season is so far so good. Not more. Not less.”
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