Has it become obvious now that we can’t challenge for the league?

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Or is it still far too early in the season to come to such a conclusion?
 

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Of course we can't. We have a squad that can but compare our manager to the other 3.

Ole can't compete with Klopp Tuchel and Pep
 

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You don't win the title in October, but you can lose it. I reckon our "title challenge" will end after the Liverpool game.
 

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With this manager yes, with these players no, we really should be there or there abouts.
 

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Of course you can challenge for the league. It's still early.
 

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Most of us on here thought we'd have no chance because of you know who but we were called bad fans and told to go and support City or something.
 

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It was obvious the moment the board thought Ole is good enough for title challenges and trophies.
 

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Unfortunately you're probably right. However... how long until people start claiming the goal for the season was never a title challenge, but top 4 all along?
 

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Even if we were playing well at the moment... We are nowhere near consistent enough to even think about challenging for a league title.
 

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Our ability to challenge for the title is completely detached from our own performances on the football pitch.

You see, if all other teams draw this weekend and we end up being one point off the top of the league then we are a brilliant football side who are definitely challenging for the big honours.
 

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There’s no hope of winning the league with Ole as manager and Mcfred playing every week, I’ve no idea how anyone can think otherwise.
 

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With this manager yes, with these players no, we really should be there or there abouts.
What can we do to fix this situation?Sack Ole and sign the best manager who’s available right now?Would Zidane or Conte be good enough to manage us?
 

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Unfortunately you're probably right. However... how long until people start claiming the goal for the season was never a title challenge, but top 4 all along?
When our october and november fixtures are done and dusted.
 

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We could if we get someone competent in quickly. We’ll wait March when it’s all too late and the Ole faithful can act as if his inability to do the job has come as a shock
 

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We will go on another run and then we will pull off these kind of performance again. To win this league, we are just not good enough
 

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You don't win the title in October, but you can lose it. I reckon our "title challenge" will end after the Liverpool game.
I”m not too sure about this.We tend to play much better against the top teams…I wouldn’t be surprised if we beat Liverpool…But then we”ll end up losing silly points against teams that we are expected to beat.That’s the problem…
 

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We’ve dropped 7 points after 7 matches with the easiest fixture list out of any challengers. It’s not completely lost yet but continue on that vein for the next 2 months, which is brutal, then our league season will be over before December.
 

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I think we'll play better after the break tbh as Sancho is now getting his fitness up and Rashford will be back plus Maguire will be back, if its all over by Xmas I expect the manager to be let go.
 

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You need to hit 90+ points to challenge or win the title.

Do you think we can hit that? Absolutely not. Yet another season fighting for top 4. Oh, and look we are out of the one cup we had a good chance of winning.
 

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Unfortunately you're probably right. However... how long until people start claiming the goal for the season was never a title challenge, but top 4 all along?
Bingo! Another £100m plus spent and getting no where further forward.
 

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We're simply not playing well enough. It's too early to say it's obviously over but it very clearly will be unless performances improve because the standards set for winning this league are high.

Over 38 games there is no getting fortunate or scrambling to a title challenge, for the most part the results will follow the performances. If we're conceding simple goals and not creating enough then there are problems at both ends of the pitch and even if we solve one it will probably leave us short of the relentless consistency required.
 

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As clear as the nose on your face.
 

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We were never in the title challenge IMO. I can’t remember which thread it was but before the season started, I said I expect us to be battling for 3rd with Liverpool, with City and Chelsea ahead of us.

Nothing I’ve seen since the start of the season has convinced me otherwise.
 

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Compared to other potential title challengers we have had on paper the easiest run of games so far , but despite that we are still struggling to get wins , at best we are a top 4 team.

And were lucky Villareal did not put us away the other night as well before we got the winner. I reckon we will be a Europa team again soon enough as well.

We just don't seem to be making any progress.
 

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I”m not too sure about this.We tend to play much better against the top teams…I wouldn’t be surprised if we beat Liverpool…But then we”ll end up losing silly points against teams that we are expected to beat.That’s the problem…
That was true two seasons ago mate.

Last year we where shite versus the top teams!
 

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Ronaldo's reaction at the end of the game was that of a serial winner that knows he's wasted a year of his career without a chance of a trophy.