Man Utd warned of two issues blocking them from Premier League title challenge

Manchester United have two main issues facing them in their bid to challenge for the Premier League title – their manager and their squad. That’s the opinion of former Chelsea player Craig Burley, who explained on ESPN FC that the Red Devils will likely struggle to challenge. 

United are starting to get busy in the transfer market, having forked out £40million for Donny van de Beek.  

They are still confident of signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, and are reportedly considering making a bid to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. 

They finished 33 points behind runaway champions Liverpool last season, and will need to do something special to close the gap this year.  

Having gone through a mixed period of form around the turn of the year, the arrival of Bruno Fernandes spurred United on as they went on a brilliant run of results. 

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They continued to impress after the Covid-19 pandemic break, and ended up finishing third in the table. 

But Burley believes their squad still isn’t strong enough, because Anthony Martial will need to find some consistent form in order to keep United going.  

He also warned that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have the credentials to take United to the next stage in the table. 

Speaking to ESPN FC, Burley predicted that United would finish in fourth place this season.  

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“I don’t see it,” he said of United challenging Manchester City and Liverpool. 

“And you know, one of the main reasons I don’t see them finishing second is the manager. 

“The squad’s not ideal, as well. Anthony Martial was their top scorer, we saw him involved with France in the last few days, he needs to produce the kind of form he had last season. 

“That’s a question mark, because he’s never been able to do it consistently. 

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“I personally don’t think City will have to close the gap, because I don’t see Liverpool getting that points total again, that’s going to be very difficult. So, I don’t think you’ll be chasing just shy of 100 points.  

“The other thing is the gap between Man United, you know how many points they were off the top last season, 33! I don’t see it. 

“I don’t have United in second place, I’ve got them in fourth. 

“I’ve got Chelsea in second because they’ve had the better summer transfer window.” 

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