Steven Gerrard is backing Jose Mourinho to do big things at Manchester United
Steven Gerrard has tipped Manchester United to challenge for the Premier League title next season, after backing their manager Jose Mourinho to find a winning formula at Old Trafford.
Liverpool legend Gerrard was the subject of plenty of abuse from United fans during his enduring tenure as the star man at Anfield, but the now retired midfielder offered up warm words for his former foes as he watched them beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Saturday evening.
After a slow start to the season following Mourinho's arrival last summer, an improved burst of form has seen United win their last three Premier League games and while Gerrard suspects they are too far behind leaders Chelsea to challenge for the title this season, he is tipping Mourinho’s side to be in the mix next season.
“They’re only a few more pieces away from the jigsaw that will make them compete again at the top,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“I think next year Manchester United will compete for the title, I think this year they’ve maybe left themselves a little bit much to do, but they’re certainly moving forward and playing an awful lot better than they did previous years.”
When asked whether he felt United would claim a top four finish, Gerrard added: “They’ve got a chance.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho revealed why his players gave their shirts into the United fans after the win at West Brom, as he confirmed he was getting into the festive spirit.
“I told them to do that, Christmas time,” said Mourinho. “A shirt for a fan, coming direct from the game with sweat, means a lot.
“For them (his players), it is just another shirt that they would give to the kit man, or give to some friend, or they change with some West Bromwich Albion friends.
“I think to a fan it means a lot. It is a pity that not everyone can get one, but for the ones who get it, I think it is a great feeling.”