Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Manchester United will be new invincibles: Alex McLeish

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish believes Manchester United can emulate Arsenal and go through the season unbeaten in the Premier League.

McLeish believes it is ‘ominous’ that United have still to taste defeat despite not firing on all cylinders during the early part of the campaign.

He also feels the experience of his mentor at Aberdeen, Sir Alex Ferguson, will again be crucial and give United the upper hand during the run-in.

McLeish, whose side visit Old Trafford today, said: “I think it's ominous, the fact that they've got to this stage unbeaten and their form is probably gathering momentum.

“They are probably looking better now than earlier in the season when they had a lot of draws.”

Asked if they could go throughout the league campaign without losing, McLeish added: “Of course they can. It would be a hell of an achievement. In terms of the title, it is such a tight league, but Manchester United have so much experience of this situation.

“There is no man who has got greater experience than Sir Alex when it comes to the run-in.”

McLeish has challenged his players to relish the task facing them against the Red Devils.

He said: “We won't be favourites to win, but it is not worth getting out of bed in the morning if you don't think you can go and do something.”

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