Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has played down his former side’s chances of winning the Premier League title.
United secured a thumping 4-0 win against QPR with an emphatic display of aggressive and attacking Premier League football, but Neville doesn’t think the side has enough to challenge for the league this season.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Neville was asked directly whether or not he thinks United can win the league this season.
“I don’t think so, no – When they come up against the Chelseas and the Manchester Citys, I think there will be defensive problems, which will be the difference,” said Neville.
There’s no doubt that United manager Louis van Gaal added to the side’s attack well during the summer transfer window.
He took advantage of United’s immense financial strength to pull off deals for Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid and Radamel Falcao of Monaco, which has left the United attack looking extremely strong.
However, the boss didn’t sign a defender to replace the experience and quality lost through the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, which has been partly blamed for an inconsistent start to the season.
Inexperience at the back has been blamed for the side’s opening day defeat at home against Swansea and also for the drubbing the team received in the League Cup at the hands of the MK Dons.
Van Gaal has admitted that he wants his team to challenge for the title and that he wants to win the league for the club’s fans.
However, the Dutchman himself also admitted that it may be too tough an ask in his first season at the club, which suggests he may harbour similar ideas to Neville when it comes to how United will get on against their main rivals this season.
United are heading in the right direction and it’s important van Gaal makes the right signings this winter and next summer as the team look to firstly, get back into the Champions League.