€40m Arsenal capture means Van Gaal's Manchester United face struggle, says Robbie Savage

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With Arsenal closing on a deal for Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United's job next season appears even tougher, argues Robbie Savage.

During this summer's World Cup, Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal looks like the man who can do no wrong.

Next season with Manchester United, a tricky Premier League campaign with twists and turns ahead in abundance, will see the Dutchman's luck unravel, and endure bad moments along with enjoying the good.

The task next season is tricky, with rivals across the Premier League strengthening, threatening to leave the Red Devils further behind.

This is why United dispensed with David Moyes, but will Louis van Gaal be enough to turn around their fortunes?

The often controversial Robbie Savage believes not; arguing that their transfer activity so far leaves the Dutchman with a weak hand compared to their competitors.

He points to Arsenal's imminent signing of Alexis Sanchez as a clearcut illustration of just why the Red Devils face a struggle to climb into the top four.

His undue mocking of Ander Herrera aside, Savage for now glosses over the point that United have by no means finished their summer spending.

They are expected to add another central midfielder and central defender, which will begin to help the team take shape further, and Van Gaal's return from the World Cup will hasten their transfer activity.

United also do not have Champions League football to balance next season, sharpening their focus on the Premier League.

It is right to consider however, that Arsenal have not dropped out of the top four since Arsene Wenger's arrival at the club in 1996, and the signing of Alexis Sanchez will only make them stronger; while their spending is by no means over either.

Manchester City too have strengthened, adding the impressive Fernando from Porto, Willy Caballero as competition for Joe Hart, and Bacary Sagna on a free. They are also likely to add a central defender to partner Vincent Kompany with Joleon Lescott having left the club.

Chelsea have already made big moves; the duo of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa being the best value for money duo of the summer, and are linked with signing another striker, midfielder, and left-back.

Surely the team most at risk from United's resurgence is Liverpool, who without Luis Suarez it seems, will have to show that last season was no flash in the pan. They have strengthened their squad but there are no headline additions which will put fear into teams like Sanchez will for Arsenal.

Tottenham showed last season how tough it could be replacing Gareth Bale, and having several additions struggling to find their feet at once. With Steven Gerrard ageing and demands of European football to cope with, Liverpool are the club most at risk of the Red Devils coming good.

Right now Savage is right, United's job is only half done. Come the season kick-off however, and the prospects may appear far different, and talk of competing for the title again may appear that little bit more realistic.

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