Roy Keane has dismissed Manchester United’s chances of mounting a challenge for the Premier League title next season.
United are into the FA Cup semi-finals and are pushing for the top four after hitting a rich vein of form. The Red Devils are currently on a 14-match unbeaten run and playing some of their best football under under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, Keane, who brutally slammed David De Gea and Harry Maguire recently, was quick to temper talk of a title bid.
The Irishman believes United still need to strengthen their defence this summer. He also feels a Premier League title bid is still, at least, a couple of years off with United still “missing something”.
“They’re a few players off yet,” Keane told the Irish Independent.
“They have obviously strengthened but the table doesn’t lie. Look at their points total. I know people say they’ve had one or two decent results – against Man City and Liverpool – but it’s all about the point. They haven’t been consistent enough.
“They will certainly be pushing to get that fourth position. But trying to get fourth and winning the league is a big leap. They need one or two players. I think United are short at the back.
“So, no, I don’t see United competing in the next year or two for the league. I think there’s going to be improvement and they will close the gap. There is a bit of work to be done for Ole and the players. They’re missing something.”
United want to sell five players
Ed Woodward, meanwhile, plans to offload up to five unwanted stars to help fund Jadon Sancho’s club record signing.
Sancho has been heavily linked with a return to England in recent months. The former Manchester City youngster has scored 20 times and produced 18 assists this season with Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund though want to keep Sancho for at least another season but are taking a tough stance on his future. What’s more, they’re said to have placed a £115million price tag on the attacker’s head.
United, however, still remain keen despite the big price. Now, according to a report on Sunday, they will look to offload five players to try raise up to £60million. Read more here.