Gary Neville: Man United need long unbeaten run to spark title hopes
Gary Neville says Man Utd's players still believe they can win the title - but he says it's "a big ask".
Last Updated: 24/12/13 2:14pm
David Moyes' men travel to the KC Stadium with high hopes of continuing their four-match unbeaten run and re-establishing themselves as credible title contenders.
Watch the video above to hear Gary talk to Ed Chamberlin about the clash with Hull, Wayne Rooney's impressive form - and Christmas Day turkey!.
Are we starting to see Manchester United getting into their stride a bit?
GARY SAYS: We'll know a little bit more at the end of this Christmas season. They've got two away games - Hull and Norwich - and then a game against Tottenham at home which obviously becomes a big game for them. If they were to win those three matches then you could say that they're starting to put a run together but I think it's just a little too early at this point to say they're absolutely back on track; they need to put a run of more than four or five matches together and make that eight to 10 matches.
Before this recent run you were calling for leaders and it's fair to say Wayne Rooney has been one?
He's been the best player for United all season, even in inconsistent form he's been consistent. His assists and goals have been good. He's been asked in the last couple of weeks to go back a little deeper and help the team out in a more deeper lying central role - deeper than number 10. At times he was almost playing as a midfield player. He's always willing to do what needs to be done for the team and he's a leader and even though he doesn't always have the armband, he's the one on the pitch who will be having a real go at his team-mates to get up the pitch, to get them going and he won't accept defeat easily. There's three or four of them in that dressing room - but he's one of the big ones.
If they get Robin van Persie fit and scoring, is it fair to say anything could happen?
No, they've not written their chances off internally and you wouldn't do. The doubt I have is all the teams above them - and there are so many of them. I mean there are four or five teams that need to falter. If there's one team that has to falter you can put pressure on them but for four or five is a big ask and that's assuming that United are going to go on a long unbeaten run themselves and that's yet to be seen. So I think there are too many questions at this moment in time. However, if they were to win the three games in the next week with Chelsea playing Liverpool, Liverpool playing City, Chelsea have played Arsenal, they're all going to take points off each other so you could argue that they might be six or seven points off at the end of this period. But I think for four or five teams to falter is still a big ask.
Will the Hull game be one of those ones where they need to dig out a result?
GARY SAYS: Yeah, you know full well it's not going to be easy. You know you're the better team, with the better players and even Hull would accept that, but there's a team there that beat Liverpool a few weeks ago - who are a better team with better players - so that's the Premier League for you. It happens year in year out that you get surprise results and in those types of matches you've just got to make sure you do your job and that you're professional and leave nothing to chance, so, yeah, you do need to dig in.