Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham has been speaking exclusively to 888sport.com ahead of the new season and tipped his former employers to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.
Since the departure of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson from the dugout, the Red Devils have fallen off the pace in the pursuit of the top-flight crown – with David Moyes’ ill-fated stint as boss followed by a rebuilding project under Louis van Gaal.
He returned the club to the top four at the first time of asking last season, meaning Champions League football will be back at Old Trafford in 2015/16.
The Dutch tactician is, however, a man to have enjoyed title success wherever he has been throughout a glittering coaching career and will have his sights firmly set on English football’s biggest prize.
Van Gaal and the United board have worked hard this summer in an effort to make those dreams a reality, with big money spent on the likes of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian.
There has been movement the other way as well, with Robin van Persie among those to head out of the club, and there is a feeling that United may still be short on firepower – or at least options in that department – as the new season looms.
Sheringham – a treble winner in 1999 as part of a fearsome forward unit that include Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – feels the addition of another proven goalscorer would make United challengers again, and expects further additions before the transfer window closes.
You can read the full interview on whether United can win the league at 888sport.com, but here is what Sheringham has had to say on the ambitions of his ex-club: “They’re making an awful lot of signings and there are still bits going on. I would presume there is still a striker coming in for Man United and I’d be very surprised if that doesn’t happen. That could make all the difference.”
United get their 2015/16 campaign up and running on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur.
They will have to move quickly if they are to get fresh faces on board in time for that fixture, but they do have until September 1 to get any deals over the line if they are to dip back into the market – with it possible that a big-name striker will be on his way to the Theatre of Dreams before attention shifts away from recruitment and rests solely on the pursuit of points and silverware.