Jamie Redknapp believes that the Red Devils will fail to win the title because of their defensive issues.
Jamie Redknapp says that United's defence will cost them any chance of winning the Premier League title.
A new-look United side took the pitch against QPR yesterday and impressed all watchers, as they dismantled the newly promoted side in a 4-0 victory.
It was a great show of attacking quality with the summer signings that LvG has brought to the club sparkling throughout, but Redknapp still feels that the Red Devils will come up short this season.
“[LvG’s] got an embarrassment of riches going forward, I just think defensively it’s a problem,” he said to Sky Sports.
“If you compare them to other teams – I look at Chelsea with Gary Cahill and John Terry, look at Man City with Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala – I don’t think United’s back four, that unit, is strong enough to win the Premier League."
“Can they get in the top four? Absolutely, because there’s so many great players who can change a game and that’s what they didn’t have last year."
“Going forward they can be as good as anybody. They’re devastating. But I think against the better sides who can hit them on the counter-attack – and I look at QPR, although they weren’t the best, having a couple of opportunities to open them up – that’s where their weaknesses will come.”
There can be no question that United have a top heavy squad, but the hope is that they will have enough quality in defence to see them through.
Despite most the Red Devil's notable additions being in forward positions the club bought defenders at a cost of around £70 million over the summer as they looked to strengthen a porous back line.
United have added left-sided defenders who will be crucial in solidifying the defensive side of the team, whilst there is cover to play as a shield in-front of them.
Daley Blind did a brilliant job at that on Sunday, on debut, and although he will have to deal with tougher tests than he faced on his introduction to English football he will be hoping to build on that performance.
United will also be looking to continue the momentum that they have gained from picking up their first three points of the season and prove Redknapp wrong.
Although LvG says that he wants to win the title within three seasons, there is still a hope that they could do it this time around and, with more performances like the one they put in yesterday, the Red Devils shouldn't be too far off.