Gary Neville rates Manchester United’s title chances after Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

OEIRAS, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 31: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United and Portugal during the Portugal National Team Training Session at Cidade do Futebol FPF on August 31, 2021 in Oeiras, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Manchester United will struggle to challenge for the title this season because the Premier League is the strongest it’s been in 15 years and there are a ‘couple of teams’ better than the Red Devils.

That’s the view of former United skipper Gary Neville, who believes his side still don’t have enough in the squad to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool despite the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 36-year-old’s signing has given the club a huge lift and United now boast one of the most frightening forward lines in world football, with Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial competing for spots in the front three.

However, Sunday’s win at Wolves exposed United’s frailties at the back and in midfield, with the Red Devils fortunate to escape Molineux with all three points.

And Neville believes his former club are still lacking the strength in areas other than their attack to win the title for the first time since 2013.

Manchester United have got fantastic forward players,’ said Neville.

‘They’ve got good creative players in Pogba and Fernandes and Van de Beek, so with Sancho wide with Rashford, Martial and Greenwood they should create plenty of chances for him [Ronaldo].

‘Obviously the question would be…look, I love Cavani so it’s whether they play either or, or if they can both play together somehow. Including myself everyone is thinking that Cristiano is going to play no9 but could he just play to the left of Cavani and then Greenwood and Sancho to the right, which I just think would be a guarantee of goals and they’ll obviously have to settle down as a team.

‘The performances so far this season..the Leeds one was good but the two away performances they’ve really struggled and the Wolves one was not a good team performance. But what they have is a number of players that can go and win a match in a moment and Cristiano adds to that. His movement in the box and his willingness to score goals is better than anybody.

‘It strengthens Manchester United enormously but the big question that every fan in the Premier League will be asking is: is it enough for them to win the title? I don’t quite feel it is. I still think there’s a couple of teams that are better.

‘The Premier League is the strongest it’s been since the mid-2000s. I think it’s an unbelievably strong Premier League at this moment in time with great coaches, great teams, great players and that’s been strengthened by this transfer window.’

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