Former Manchester United skipper Gary Neville has revealed that a Premier League title challenge looks “unlikely” following Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Red Devils finished 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City last season and last recorded their best Premier League finish under Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, The “noisy neighbours” have once again started the new season on a good note, whereas rivals United fell to a shock loss at the Amex Stadium in just their second game.
And Neville believes that his former club will once again have to target a top-four finish first and foremost.
“It will get better and Manchester United will get stronger and won’t be easy to play against. I do think they will finish in the top four, but the top four historically has never been the benchmark of what Manchester United are. They have always judged themselves by Premier League titles,” Neville told Sky Sports News.
How can you lose your way in the transfer market and still do 2 things !! Win leagues and the players you sign as a collective be worth more than he paid. Don’t take it back to there Ian. This mess has been created by poor leadership and recruitment since he left! 700m in 6 years https://t.co/B56ZN15sUp
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 20, 2018
“At this moment in time, that looks unlikely. Obviously, it is still early in the season, but it does look unlikely that Manchester United are anywhere near good enough, as we sit here today. Forget everything else, that back four is not good enough to win a Premier League title. Let’s start and finish with that.
“The goalkeeper is the best in the world, the midfield is strong with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, and Fred and up front, there is Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and a lot of good players. But that back four looks like it will always cause problems and always concede goals. It doesn’t have the authority, and that is a problem.
“Jose Mourinho knows about Premier League title-winning teams and about winning titles in different countries. The base and foundation of that is a good defence.”
Up next for United is a game against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford next Monday night.