Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins has dismissed Manchester United's recent six-game winning streak, said David de Gea is saving them and told supporters of the Old Trafford club that there was no chance of them getting anywhere near winning the Premier League title this season.
Wilkins, who played for both Chelsea and Manchester United in his career, believes that Louis van Gaal's number one will not be able to maintain his current level of form and the Red Devils' poor defending will eventually lead to disaster.
De Gea was magnificent in keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday that kept them third in the Premier League table, but was adamant clean sheets would eventually become a rarity once the Spaniard's form dipped - he then drew attention to an accusation that the six-game streak was the luckiest ever.
"I would agree, 100 per cent. De Gea against Southampton was unbelievable as well but he can't keep being unbelievable. They will concede. There is no doubt about that," was Wilkins response to being asked if United are over reliant on the shot-stopper while being interviewed on talkSPORT.
"I was listening to the commentary yesterday and I heard someone say it could be the luckiest six game winning run he has ever seen."
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While they have been improving in recent weeks, few Manchester United fans could argue that they have been playing well and De Gea's heroics haven't been covering up for some serious defensive deficiencies.
Against The Run Of Play
Against Liverpool he was awarded the man of the match award after making a series of saves, though in truth the finishing skills of Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli left a lot to be desired and put real pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.
It was a similar story for United away at Arsenal and Southampton; where they snatched 2-1 wins after being on the back foot for much of both contests. Van Gaal admitted form was an issue, but winning when paying poorly was eminently preferable to the alternative.