The form of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku will ultimately decide whether Manchester United will battle for the Premier League title this season, according to Gary Neville.
United finished a lowly sixth in the Premier League last season, but having netted 54 league goals over the season, they were a mammoth 31 strikes lower than champions Chelsea.
And, despite spending big on Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic, Neville reckons United’s strikeforce will make or break their season.
“Manchester United are looking strong, powerful and more like a Jose Mourinho team,” Neville wrote in his Class of ’92 diary for Sky Sports. “I think last season there was a movement away from how the team played under Louis van Gaal’s side and I think it will become more of a Mourinho side.
“You can see more of what he has normally done before with Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku coming in, making sure that the spine of the team is really powerful and strong and has that physicality to deal with the Premier League season.
“So I think they’re in a real good position, the squad looks strong and I think how Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Lukaku play will determine what happens.
“In the last two or three seasons they’ve been defensively okay but not scoring enough goals have hurt United and I think there are goals in the side now. They have to deliver and kill teams off.
“There were so many games at Old Trafford that were 0-0 or 1-1 where they had chances but weren’t clinical enough and I think that’s ultimately the biggest thing that has to change for Manchester United in the league.”