Neville: Manchester United not realistic title challengers

Gary Neville feels that Manchester United are still two or three players short of mounting a title challenge.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says that the Red Devils are two or three signings off being genuine title contenders.

Louis van Gaal’s men have already added Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw to their squad this summer, but Neville would like to see them bring in some more additions before the transfer window closes.

The Sky Sports pundit believes that a trio of top-class buys could put them right back into title contention, but as things stand they will fall just short – with Chelsea claiming the crown.

He wrote: “United are the most interesting for me as a United fan, thinking about how a new manager and a new system can cope and get back into the Champions League.

“That seems crazy to say when you drop your expectations. It’s been Premier League or nothing for 20 years and now the Champions League would be a success this season.

“Unless two or three players come in I don’t think it’s realistic that he can win the league this year.”

There is renewed optimism around Old Trafford that United will be able to win the title after their unbeaten pre-season campaign in America, but it seems that Neville is issuing caution.

Although he is confident that they can get into the top four, he clearly feels they are short of what is required to get them back to the heights that they reached under Sir Alex Ferguson.

That said, there are still just under three weeks left of the summer transfer window and United are expected to be busy in the remaining days.

Not only has Van Gaal reportedly told seven players that they are free to leave, but there is still a feeling that a big name addition could be on the horizon.

The likes of Angel di Maria, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba have all been tipped to make a switch to Old Trafford, whilst the Dutchman is known to be hunting a centre-back.

If they can get those players it will be interesting to see if Neville changes his mind but, for now, he clearly feels that a title challenge is a step too far and simply qualifying for the Champions League would be a good achievement for United.

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