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Morgan Schneiderlin believes Man Utd can be champions

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Schneiderlin talking up United's title hopes
Schneiderlin talking up United's title hopes

Manchester United and their manager Louis van Gaal have come under fire after a run of three straight 0-0 draws, but their midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin believes they could still finish this season as Premier League champions.

More than five hour of football have now passed since United scored a goal, with accusations that Van Gaal is promoting negative football seemingly backed by a growing number of the club's fans.

Yet Schneiderlin insists United will overcome their mid-season dip in fortunes and emerge as serious challengers for the title. 

"Goals will come if we keep believing," Schneiderlin told United's official website.

"We will keep clean sheets, that's not a problem, and we will win games but we need to make sure it comes quickly.

"We have the players to score goals and we will score goals. It's not a worry for me. We've had the chances and sometimes it's just a matter of taking the time to make a good choice.

"It was one of those days (against Crystal Palace on Saturday) when we needed to be strong. We are disappointed not to win. We came to win the game so we need to make sure we win the next game.

"Overall, when we look at the last three games, we played very good against Everton, played good against (Manchester) City and should have won as we were the only team pushing to win and (against Palace) we've drawn so we could have had nine points.

"After the Arsenal game (a 3-0 defeat), we've shown good character and spirit. We want to win the title so, to win games, we need to score goals. We'll have to work hard and hope we bounce back.

"Of course we are (in the title race). It's still early as we head into November so there are a lot of games to be played but we are there. It doesn't matter if you are second, third, fourth or fifth in November. What matters is to be first at the end of May and win the games.

"Every team is going to go through a period where they don't score goals and are going to be unlucky. It will happen to the teams in front of us for sure. It's up to us to win games and overtake those teams."

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye was not impressed by United in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park, as he offered the damning verdict on Van Gaal's side.

“I remember I played against Man United for Newcastle they could score at every moment in a game," stated the Frenchman.

"Here they did not have the big chances to score. Wayne Rooney had a free-kick in the first half and that was about it.

“Yes, they are a big club and yes, they can keep the ball – passes, passes, passes – but if you work hard against them and stay in a good shape they can’t do anything to pass through you or be adventurous.”