Brute strength gives them title: Premier League is Manchester United’s to throw away, believes Sol Campbell

By Paddy von Behr

The Premier League title is Manchester United’s to lose and this time they won’t let it slip away, according to ex-England defender Sol Campbell.

Manchester City reeled the Red Devils in last season and snatched the title on a dramatic last day – now United hold the early advantage again.

But Campbell, who collected two Premier League winners’ medals with Arsenal, believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s side won’t make the same mistakes.

“It’s Manchester United’s to lose,” he told MM. “It just seems to be going in their direction.

“The only thing is if they get a couple of key injuries, which they have had, but they have managed to ride it and compensate and still win.

“That shows they are a great side and it doesn’t matter who they put out on the pitch, they’re going to win together.”

City kept Ferguson’s side in their sights last year and the pressure caused them to slip up, perhaps helped by manager Roberto Mancini’s mind games.

And, sitting seven points behind the 19-time champions, the Citizens are looking to do the same – but Campbell doesn’t expect to see a repeat.

“To be fair City have kept at it and kept them going and they’ve kept on their heels, so Man United know they’re there,” he said.

“But I think any more slip-ups for City and it’s over.

“United have been there many times over the years and I just don’t see it happening unless there are some key injuries.”

Campbell also revealed he was approached by Ferguson during his career, but opted not to leave Tottenham Hotspur for Old Trafford.

“Yes I was,” he said. “I must have been about 23.

“I think it was just the wrong time for me. It was all whispers and talking – I spoke to the manager and Gary Neville phoned me up.

“They had a great team and I probably thought I wouldn’t have fitted in at the time.

“I had another chance to go, but then Fergie didn’t want to muck around with the wage bill. Now ten years later, his wage bill is through the roof.”

Campbell was speaking at the launch of the National Football Museum’s ‘Strike a Pose’ exhibition, celebrating 50 years of football and fashion.

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