It’s difficult to know what to make of Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
Apart from its general drabness, it offered up very few talking points, bar Jose Mourinho’s unrivalled ability to kill off a game.
United’s decision to park the bus has been hailed in some quarters and derided in others, but overall, the Red Devils will be happy with a point.
This was a far cry from the Manchester United of old. If anything, it was a sign Mourinho’s men are still battling an inferiority complex and have a long way to go from replicating the kind of dominance of the Sir Alex Ferguson days.
However, Chris Smalling has a rather different interpretation.
The centre-back was asked how he felt about his side’s title chances in the wake of the draw, particularly having seen the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal surge ahead of them in recent weeks.
“I think we have got more than enough,” he said, as per the Guardian.
I think we have shown we can score goals and on nights like this we can keep a clean sheet and not give too many chances to them.
“We can do both sides of the job and it is about consistency now. We need to go on a little run and show people we are a team that is a threat.”
Smalling will be one of the few to hold that opinion, but after City and Tottenham both dropped points at the weekend, the title race is definitely still wide open – if United are willing to go on the front foot.