Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes today's opponents Manchester United can still win the Premier League title this season despite a poor start to the campaign.
Louis van Gaal's side are clearly outsiders to lift the trophy after the Dutch coach's bedding-in period left them some eight points behind leaders Chelsea, who are fighting it out with Manchester City at the top.
United have looked suspect in defence for much of the season so far but recent signs of improvement have convinced Lambert (inset) they should not be written off.
"They might not be able to lose many more games if they are going to win the title but they're certainly in with a shout," said the Villa boss.
"It is still a brilliant club with great players. The players they have brought in, there are not many teams in world football who can do that. They're a really good side."
The Red Devils have now won six matches in a row to significantly close the gap between themselves and their two rivals and now look a lot healthier than they did under David Moyes last season.
"Just because they've changed managers doesn't change my thinking of that football club," Lambert added.
"Chelsea and City have lost less games. But if United don't win it they will certainly have a big say in who does."