Gary Neville has told Monday Night Football, which was broadcast on 17th September, that if Manchester United had Virgil Van Dijk, Robert Firmino and Fabinho from Liverpool then they would immediately become title contenders.
Liverpool have elevated themselves above every side in the Premier League with the exception of Manchester City in the past two seasons, and currently lead the way this term.
Neville has seen the Reds make rapid progress to close the gap on City, and even though he admits that United look some way behind Liverpool right now, he thinks that three good signings could make all the difference.
“If you put Van Dijk, Firmino and Fabinho in that team it would all of a sudden it would jump up enormous amounts. It absolutely would,” he said.
“If United get the right three players in that group, they won’t be far away. Three players makes a massive difference, it can be done. Liverpool were nowhere near.”
Liverpool are already seven points clear of United this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side starting the season in wonderful form.
If United did have access to the likes of Van Dijk, Firmino and Fabinho then there is no questioning that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team would be improved, but whether they would have enough to challenge Liverpool or City remains up for debate.
United have a number of areas which need considerable amounts of strengthening before they are capable of challenging for the title again.
Under Solksjaer, the Red Devils appear to be targeting younger, British players and the hope is that in the coming years their transfer policy will pay off.
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