Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Manchester United and feels they are not a million miles away for challenging for the Premier League title.
United went into the weekend fixtures sitting second in the top-flight table. They were 10 points behind Manchester City who increased that margin by three with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
But it has been an excellent campaign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who are yet to lose away from home in the league. They are also virtually through to the Europa League final having thrashed Roma 6-2 in Thursday’s semi-final first leg.
Carragher is a Liverpool legend, having played his entire career at Anfield. As such, his loyalties lie with the Merseysiders and rivalries with United remain.
But speaking to the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast, the former England defender was quick to point out the Red Devils progress
“How much of a leap would it be for Man Utd to win the title next season? It would be a jump, of course it would be,” he said. “But I actually think Man Utd get too much criticism for what they’re doing right now.
“Man City are phenomenal – we’re talking about a team who were on the verge of doing the quadruple and could still do a treble.
“Man Utd are ten points behind but when you see the distance that some teams in second and third have been behind (the champions in the past), ten points doesn’t sound too bad to me.”
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But Solskjaer will need to bolster his ranks with classy players before next season to challenge City’s dominance. Many players have been linked to the Theatre of Dreams but finances are tight due to the pandemic.
Nevertheless, Carragher has urged them to dig deep this summer to continue the club’s upward curve.
“Some of the things they’ve done this season I don’t think some of the most famous teams in Man Utd’s history have achieved, in terms of going so long away from home without defeat,” he added.
“So there’s a lot to be enthusiastic about, and a lot will come down to whether they can make that last step in the transfer market in the summer.
“They’ve had a really good season, and they’ll want to cap it off with a trophy as Man Utd need to be winning trophies.”