Michael Owen backs Manchester United’s top-four chances – but with a caveat

Former Liverpool and Newcastle United striker Michael Owen believes that Manchester United can finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Liverpool legend Michael Owen believes that Manchester United will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, but only if they sign at least three players.

‘I think United will have a decent season and get back into the top four, and into the Champions League next season’, the 34-year-old ex-Newcastle United and Real Madrid star told Reuters.

‘I don't think they have got the quality to dethrone Manchester City or finish above Chelsea, but I do think they will have a good season’, added Owen.

However, in a separate interview with talkSPORT, Owen underlined the importance of his former club signing three to four players who can go straight into manager Louis van Gaal’s starting line-up.

‘Everyone can see they need to reinvest, but not just reinvest in players, they need frontline players’, said the ex-Liverpool striker. ‘They need players that are going to go straight into that team because they don’t need a huge squad.

‘They’ve got numbers already and they’re not in European competition. So they need three or four players that are going to go straight into that starting XI’.

Many football followers and Red Devils fans will agree with Owen’s assessment of United, who lost their opening game of the Premier League season 2-1 against Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Although the Manchester outfit were missing a number of key players including star striker Robin van Persie, the performance of the team was disappointing and, if you believe pundit Robbie Savage, then simply ‘rubbish’ (click here to read more).

It is pretty much clear to everyone that United need to sign players, but the main problem is that they are running of time.

So far the 20-time English champions have recruited just two players – midfielder Ander Herrera and left-back Luke Shaw – with an agreement reached with Sporting Lisbon for the signing for Argentina international defender Marcos Rojo.

United have also been linked with a host of big-name players, including Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and Manchester United winger Angel di Maria, but they do not appear to be close to signing any of their (reported) targets.

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