Gary Neville REFUSES to call Man United Premier League title challengers and insists it would be ‘harsh’ to expect them to rival Man City… despite spending £179MILLION on summer signings
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Gary Neville believes Manchester United shouldn’t be expected to compete for the Premier League title because they haven’t spent as much as those challenging around them.
United have so far splashed out £179million in the summer transfer window bringing in Mason Mount (Chelsea, £60m), Andre Onana (Inter Milan, £47m) and young striker Rasmus Hojlund (Atalanta, £72m), but Neville isn’t convinced that spending puts them in a position to fight for the English top-flight crown.
The Red Devils kick-start their Premier League campaign tonight with Wolves travelling to Old Trafford and Erik ten Hag hoping for a winning start to the new season.
Neville, speaking pre-match told Sky Sports: ‘There will be those that say Manchester United should be challenging for the title now.
‘But realistically, looking at where Arsenal are and how they have recruited this summer, and looking how established Manchester City are, I think it would be unrealistic and harsh to say Manchester United should be competing for the title.
Manchester United have so far splashed out £179million in the summer transfer window bringing in three players
Gary Neville believes it would be ‘harsh’ to expect Erik ten Hag to challenge for the Premier League crown
Neville insists his former club shouldn’t be expected to compete for the Premier League title
‘For that to happen, Antony would have to explode this season, Marcus Rashford would have to hit the same numbers, and Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Andre Onana would have to hit the ground straight away,’ he added.
‘That is difficult; Hojlund is young, Onana has taken the most pressurised job in English football – Manchester United goalkeeper.
‘I still think third and trophy would be success, but I understand where the pressure comes from after their spending under Erik ten Hag,’ he said.
However, United have spent more than reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and Liverpool, but lag behind Arsenal and free-spending Chelsea who are set to announce their record-breaking £115m transfer of Moises Caicedo from Brighton.
United finished third in the Premier League standings last season as Ten Hag enjoyed winning silverware during his first year in charge and taking the club back into the Champions League.
They eventually finished the campaign 14 points behind their cross-city rival champions and nine adrift of runners-up Arsenal, who have strengthened heavily with the acquisitions of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber.
Despite Neville’s comments disregarding United as title challengers, the club’s faithful fanbase are desperate to see their 10-year wait for a 14th English crown ended.
The Premier League giants last lifted the Premier League under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unable to achieve the feat.
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