Ashley Young warns that Man Utd are title contenders

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Ashley Young has indicated that Manchester United’s title ambitions remain undimmed by insisting that the Red Devils have the character and team spirit needed to win the Premier League title.

Speaking on ITV Sport, the 28-year-old said, “it is more the character and the team spirit we have got, to bounce back from defeats and disappointing performances.” 

His comments came after a hard fought 1-0 win against Norwich City on Saturday; it was a game that United were forced to play without the duo of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. 

Young continued, “we show that resilience, that strength in depth in the squad, that team spirit - we have got all that off the field, so when you take that onto the field, you win games and we have shown that in the past few performances.”

Indeed, David Moyes’s side have now won their last six games in all competitions and will be hoping to extend their winning run.

They currently sit in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League, level on points with fifth placed Everton and just two points off fourth position. 

"If you were to ask anybody around the club, no-one would have ever said we were out of the title race,” Young said.

"We have to just keep winning games. Our momentum is building now and we have to keep playing as we have done to take those chances which will see us back up the table.

"We have another tough game coming up on New Year's Day against Tottenham, but, hopefully, if we can continue to play the way we have been doing, then we can get another three points."

United are certainly in a better position than they were after consecutive league losses to Everton and Newcastle; games in which their limitations as title challengers were brutally exposed.

Moyes is looking to strengthen his side in the January transfer window, with midfield signings being the priority.

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