Gary Neville thinks a title challenge for Manchester United is “out of the question” this season – and made a worrying prediction about when they next might win the honour.
United have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge, 2012-13. Their only honours since then have been one FA Cup, one Europa League, one League Cup and one Community Shield.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side eliminated from the semi-finals of each of the three cup competitions they featured in last season. However, their form improved in the league to seal a third-placed finish.
However, former right-back Neville does not think they are strong enough to compete with the two sides that finished above them, Liverpool and Manchester City, this season.
“It’s out of the question for me, if you ask me today, with the squads that they’ve got,” he told the Mirror.
“If United were to sign two outstanding forwards, an amazing centre-back and a fantastic left-back in the next three weeks, then maybe.”
‘United will win again’
United finished 33 points behind runaway champions Liverpool last season, while second placed City came 15 points ahead of them.
And Neville thinks that as long as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are in charge at Anfield and the Etihad Stadium respectively, United will struggle to compete for top spot.
“The one thing I can guarantee you is that United will win again,” he said.
“That might not be this year or next year, but it will be amazing when they win again, and the longer it builds up, the greater the actual feeling is when you do it.
“I’m not sitting here, as a United fan, thinking, ‘We must win the league this year’. Yes, we’d like to, but you know when it’s your time and it’s not yet.
“It will be, maybe, when Klopp and Guardiola leave Liverpool and City – hopefully in the next couple of years!
“That will be the chance, as they’re two outstanding managers who have built really good teams, but they’ll leave in the next one, two or three years.
“That will be the point when United can come back in and capitalise – I’m sure Chelsea are thinking that way as well.”