Manchester United have been exempted from the Premier League title race by one of their former players. Premier League legend Michael Owen spent three years at the Theatre of Dreams between 2009 and 2012 but he believes that his former club is not in a position to fight for the title this season.

Owen was part of the Manchester United squad that won the 2010/11 league title having moved to the club from Newcastle United at the start of the previous campaign. He signed for the Red Devils on a free transfer after the end of his contract with the Magpies.

Owen was approached by legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson on a pay-as-you-play deal and he went on to sign for the club despite his Liverpool background. His greatest moment in a Manchester United shirt was when he came on as a second half substitute to score the winning goal of the game with virtually the last kick of the game in the Manchester Derby. He scored the seventh and final goal as Manchester United beat Manchester City in his first Manchester Derby.

On the Premier League title this season, Michael Owen told BT Sports earlier this month that Chelsea, reigning champions Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are the four contenders.

Owen and a lot of former Manchester United faithfuls had tipped the club to challenge for the Premier League title this season after an excellent to the league campaign last term but the high title expectation has been thrashed after a poor start to the season though it must be pointed out that Manchester United have been able to resurrect their league form with four wins in a row, including comeback victories in the last two Premier League games. Those matches reminded fans of the old fighting spirit witnessed under the Manchester United regime of Sir Alex Ferguson.