Former Red Devil Phil Bardsley hopes Manchester United win the title

Manchester United would go to the top of the Premier League with a point against Burnley tomorrow night.

The game at Turf Moor sees United finally fulfill their game in hand, which was supposed to be their opening match of the season.

Former Red Devil Phil Bardsley will be part of the Clarets squad trying to stop United going top.

But he told Pendle Live that he’s still a United fan, having come through the ranks at Old Trafford and hopes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads the club to the title this season.

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“It’s good to see them back up there and challenging for titles and competing for silverware,” said Bardsley of his former employers.

“It’s nice to see United back in the title race and I hope they do go on to win it. It’s fascinating this year, it’s wide open, but hopefully they won’t do anything against us and we can upset the apple-cart a little bit.

“I think United’s form has been really good. No matter where I’ve been or played, it’s always been nice to play against them. I can’t explain the feeling it gives you when you play against them, it’s just a special game.

“Every year when the fixtures come out you have a look to see when you’re playing them.”

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Bardsley hasn’t played in the Premier League since early October, so it’s likely he’ll be on the bench tomorrow night.

United are now being talked about as title contenders and going top of the table would only intensify that discussion.

There’s so much football still to play so it would be important not to overreact if it does happen.

It would be a promising sign in terms of United getting a result in a pressure game, of course also setting up the trip to Anfield tantalisingly.

United need to do a professional job at Turf Moor first.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.