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Video - Paul Scholes unconvinced Man Utd can be champions

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Memphis Depay opened the scoring for Man Utd at Watford
Memphis Depay opened the scoring for Man Utd at Watford

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United could finish this season as Premier League champions - but he is still less than impressed with the style of football being promoted by manager Louis van Gaal.

Scholes has persistently accused Van Gaal of promoting negative football at United, but he is slowly warming to the idea that this season could end in success for his former club.

After seeing United secure a 2-1 win at Watford, BT Sport pundit Scholes offered this view on Van Gaal's hopes of winning the title.

Van Gaal was content with his side's efforts after their latest win:

The suggestions from Scholes that Arsenal are a step ahead of United was not backed up on Saturday, as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Arsenal would have gone top had they won at West Brom but they blew their chance as Santi Cazorla missed a late penalty.James Morrison and Mikel Arteta's own goal cancelled out Olivier Giroud's first-half opener as the Gunners suffered a frustrating afternoon for Arsene Wenger's men.

Remarkably, West Brom won the game 2-1 despite having just one shot on target throughout a match that was dominated by Arsenal throughout.

Jamie Vardy scored for the 10th consecutive Premier League game to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy's record and send Leicester top of the the table.

The Foxes forward shook off pre-match concerns over a hip injury and blasted home in first-half stoppage time to match former Manchester United striker Van Nistelrooy's streak set in 2003. Sunday World columnist John Aldridge also scored in ten successive top flight games in the old First Division during his days at Liverpool.

Aston Villa slumped to a heavy first defeat under Remi Garde in his second game in charge as braces from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku condemned the bottom club to a 4-0 thrashing at Everton.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was back in the dugout and Diego Costa returned to the scoresheet as his fallen Premier League champions claimed a much-needed 1-0 win over Norwich.

Costa ended a six-match barren spell, prompting chants of "we are staying up", as the champions secured only a fourth win in their 13th Premier League game of the season to edge away from the bottom three.

It was also 1-0 at St Mary's where Bojan Krkic fired away-day specialists Stoke to victory against Southampton.

The former Barcelona forward tucked in his third goal of the season after 10 minutes, before the miserly Potters shut up shop to register a fourth straight clean sheet on the road.

Andre Ayew came to Garry Monk's rescue as Swansea fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth.