Roy Keane has suggested that Manchester United are capable of “pushing Liverpool” if they address their patchy home form.
United rose to third in the Premier League table with a game in hand on current second-placed Leicester by thrashing Leeds 6-2 on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Leicester on Boxing Day at the King Power Stadium as they look to win a seventh straight Premier League game to start the season.
But that pulsating victory over Leeds was only their second victory at the Old Trafford this campaign, fewer than the likes of Newcastle and West Ham.
Keane feels that improving their performances and results at home could see United establish themselves as “the best of the rest” behind champions and current leaders Liverpool.
“I think over the last few months they’ve been heavily criticised, particularly over the home record,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’ve been quite critical of the back four, the goalkeeper, questioning where this team is going, but the name of this game is proving people wrong. Maybe, just maybe, this group of players can do that.
“They’ve been winning games, and that’s all you can do. United are in a great position considering how slow they were out of the blocks. If United can get their house in order at home, there’s no reason why United can’t stay up there.
“I think Liverpool are still the best, but there’s no reason why United shouldn’t be fancying their chances in terms of pushing Liverpool.
“Liverpool are still the strongest, but United could be the best of the rest.”