Manchester United will be back at the top of the Premier League, but not this season. That’s the opinion of Liverpool legend John Barnes.
The former England international believes that the Red Devils will not finish in the top four because they do not have the consistency to do so. Barnes also says that Liverpool will challenge for the title once again, but will finish third.
‘Man United will be back to where they believe they belong in the coming years’, the 50-year-old told talkSPORT. ‘This season is too soon for them though, with the big change they made at manager and everything that’s going on.
‘Liverpool are playing with consistency. They will be challenging Chelsea and Man City. I believe Liverpool will finish third, but I don’t think they’ll be far off the top. Manchester United don’t have the consistency yet to challenge for a top three or four spot’.
Barnes is not the first pundit or former footballer to suggest that Liverpool will finish above United. In fact, the current league standings and form would suggest that the Reds are on course for a title challenge, while Louis van Gaal’s side will struggle for a top-four finish.
However, in football things change very quickly and one cannot say with certainty that United will not start to gain momentum in the coming weeks.
Former Newcastle United star Barnes’s comment about United lacking consistency is also something that many football followers may not agree with. After all, the Red Devils have played just four competitive matches. True, the Manchester outfit have not won any of them, but they are still finding their rhythm under Van Gaal.
One point that Barnes makes is something on which most pundits and football fans agree: Chelsea and Manchester City are the top two favourites to win the Premier League title this season.