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“I don’t think Manchester United will break into the top two”- Gary Neville

Gary Neville reveals his top-four prediction ahead of new season

A former Old Trafford favourite cannot see his old club challenging Liverpool or Manchester City for the title in 2020-21.

Manchester United won’t break into the top two this season, according to Gary Neville, who says the Red Devils are still three players short of becoming an elite force again.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently preparing his squad for a Premier League opener against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils finished the 2019-20 season strongly to secure third place and Champions League qualification, having been boosted by the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.

They will be expected to pick up from where they left off when the Eagles arrive in Manchester, despite having been surprisingly quiet in the summer transfer window.

United have only managed to bring in Donny van de Beek from Ajax so far, while the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal have strengthened significantly in a bid to close the gap on reigning champions Liverpool.

The Merseyside outfit have also been making some shrewd moves in the market, bringing in Konstantinos Tsimikas and Thiago Alcantara from Olympiacos and Bayern Munichrespectively, but Solskjaer has insisted that he is content with his current squad.

Neville cannot see his old club figuring in this season’s title race unless the Norwegian continues to add to his ranks, and doesn’t believe that Chelsea are ready to compete for English football’s top prize either despite their recent spending spree.

“I think Manchester United are in a similar position to Chelsea. They’ve got to make progression from last season, and I don’t have that expectation as a United fan that they’re going to break that top two this season,” the United legend said.

“I don’t feel they’re quite ready but they have to make sure that gap is smaller. The have to make sure they close the gap on the top two and make sure they’re progressing.

“A striker, a right winger and a centre-half is a must. At some point in the next couple of years, Manchester United and Chelsea need to be ready to strike when Manchester City and Liverpool drop below that standard. That’s probably going to be when Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp leave.”

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