Manchester United are still not strong enough to win the Premier League despite their summer spending spree, according to Jamie Carragher.
United signed six new players over the summer – Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero and Anthony Martial – spending more than £100million in the process.
They have started reasonably well in the Premier League, picking up 10 points from their first five games, but Louis van Gaal’s side are already five points behind Manchester City in the title race.
Despite their hefty spending, Carragher believes United are still not strong enough to meet their objective of winning the Premier League or Champions League.
Carragher said in his Sky Sports blog: “The signing of Matteo Darmian at right-back has been very good and Morgan Schneiderlin looks a very good addition. Bastian Schweinsteiger has come in and is improving and playing longer on the pitch now. He is starting more games.
“I think Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin will add to what United were perhaps lacking in central midfield, but in the striking department you are still not quite sure yet.
“I think they are good signings, but I don’t think they are the players who will take the team where Louis van Gaal eventually wants to take them. Considering the money spent there are still areas that don’t look strong enough to win the Premier League or Champions League, which is what Van Gaal is ultimately aiming for.”
United’s most expensive signing in the summer was £36million Martial, but Carragher expects Van Gaal to be true to his word in easing the 19-year-old into the team despite his debut goal against Liverpool.
“He made a fantastic start to his Old Trafford career with that goal but it’s difficult to judge a player so quickly,” added Carragher. “It’s very early days and I think Louis van Gaal was right to say he won’t play all the games and will be coming in and out of the team.
“He played as the central striker against PSV and did OK, but he’s a player as much for now as for the future.”