Manchester United have to challenge for the Premier League next year, says Harry Redknapp

The club finished fourth in Louis van Gaal’s first season but more will be expected next term.

Manchester United today announced the double signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin via their official website.

The two arrivals add tremendous strength to the heart of United’s midfield - alongside Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellani – and Harry Redknapp feels they must now be looking to wrestle the Premier League away from Chelsea.

“Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger are two good signings for Manchester United and it certainly gives them a better chance to push for the Premier League title,” wrote Redknapp on Kicca.

“They have got to be up there challenging, and they are two big signings that gives them something they haven’t had.”

Central midfield had looked light at times last season for the Red Devils, with Wayne Rooney even employed centrally by Louis van Gaal, but they are now well and truly stacked in that department.

Redknapp assessed the signings as both being ‘strong players’ with ‘a bit of aggression about them’ but singled out the German for his considerable experience, adding:

“Schweinsteiger has been there and done it all, run the game in World Cup and Champions League finals. He is a great signing for them, probably a great mentality as well. He will be big for them for the next two or three years.”

The two midfielders arrive following Memphis Depay’s signing last month and Matteo Darmian’s capture on Friday, bringing United’s summer spending to around the £80 million mark.

With a striker desperately needed - after the sale of Robin van Persie and the expiry of Rademel Falcao’s loan – that total is sure to rise and results will be demanded after such an outlay.

Van Gaal achieved his aims last season, in returning the Red Devils to Europe, but the stakes will be raised next season and the Premier League will be in his sights.

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