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Ex-Man United star outlines what club need to do to ‘really challenge’ Man City & Chelsea

Ex-Man United star outlines what club need to do to ‘really challenge’ Man City & Chelsea

Man United’s fall from grace

Sir Alex Ferguson built a dynasty at Manchester United, as the Red Devils dominated the Premier League from its inception in 1992 all the way through to 2013 – winning the league in Ferguson’s final season in charge.

Since the Scotsman departed, though, United have failed to clinch the league title even once, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City having instead secured glory.

What makes the situation even worse for the Manchester giants is that they haven’t even really come close to mounting a proper title challenge in that time.

Jose Mourinho guided United to their highest points total post-Ferguson in 2017/18, notching 81. But even that didn’t see them challenge eventual champions Man City, who became the first and only Premier League centurions.

Ex-Man United star outlines what club need to do to ‘really challenge’ Man City & Chelsea

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group L match between Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford on December 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

What Man United need to challenge for the league

United again finished 2nd in 2020/21, albeit a full 12 points off Manchester City.

In turn, to help bridge this gap, the Reds have signed both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer.

Both are top-quality players who address weak points in United’s setup.

But ex-Red Devils midfielder Roy Keane remains of the opinion that such business will not prove enough to see his former club mount a genuine challenge to Chelsea and Manchester City.

Instead, the Irishman believes that United still need ‘one or two’ more players:

 “Two very good signings, particularly Varane with his experience with the problem at the back. 

“Sancho, a young talented player who did well in Germany. 

“I still think what City have done and Chelsea with Lukaku, United still need one or two into the group to really challenge.”

Quotes via Goal.

 

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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2 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
3 Manchester City 12 19 26
4 West Ham United 12 9 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
9 Manchester United 12 -1 17
10 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
11 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
12 Everton FC 12 -3 15
13 Leicester City 12 -5 15
14 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
15 Brentford FC 12 -1 13
16 Watford FC 12 -4 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

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