While a slow start to the season saw the knives out for coach Gavin Hunt, it cannot be denied that he has assembled a very useful squad which has the potential to go all the way in the Absa Premiership.
While Arendse is not a first choice in between the sticks for United these days, the veteran shot stopper’s experience in winning titles (he has lifted the trophy with Cape Town Spurs, Santos, Fulham in the English First Division, and Mamelodi Sundowns), could come in handy as the season reaches its climax in May.
The former Bafana Bafana goalie believes it could come down to a two-horse race between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport for the title.
“One can never write off Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns because of the depth of their quality, but I think it is Bucs who could push us the hardest – they are in form and are playing good football under coach Owen da Gama,” Arendse tells KickOff.com.
Arendse believes home-town club Ajax will not be the same force without star striker Terror Fanteni, while he does not feel Wits will last the pace.
“I thought Ajax may struggle after Muhsin Ertugral left for Chiefs, but they have proved me wrong. It is my feeling though that they will struggle without Terror Fanteni, who has always looked a goal threat.
“Wits is a solid side that have done well to grind out the results. Roger de Sa is the type of coach who gets players to perform with their hearts on their sleeves, but I am not sure whether this will be enough to see them maintain a league challenge,” he says of the Clever Boys.