Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen still believes the Red Devils can win the Premier League title, reports talkSPORT.
Meulensteen, who departed Old Trafford this past summer, believes the Red Devils must not be written off in the defence of their title.
United play host to Premier League leaders Arsenal this weekend and currently sit eight points behind their rivals, however Meulensteen believes a victory for the Red Devils this weekend could prove crucial.
Speaking to Drive Time, the former United assistant manager said: “Don’t write them off.
“This game against Arsenal is going to be very important. If it ends as a draw then eight points is a fair gap. But if they lose then 11 points is a big gap. It would be much more difficult to claw back.
“If Manchester United do come out with a win, which they’re capable of doing, then suddenly the gap is only five.
“I can always remember the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] saying to us, ‘as soon as we get into January the most important thing is that we are not more than six points off the top’."
David Moyes' side will be desperate to make it three straight Premier League wins this weekend after beating Stoke City and Fulham in their last two league matches.
However Arsenal come to the Theatre of Dreams in great spirits after beating Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in their last two fixtures.
Something will have to give at Old Trafford this weekend as two of England's elite sides go head-to-head.