Atkinson ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Man United finish above Liverpool next year

Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson is confident the Red Devils will finish above Liverpool next season

Manchester United will finish above Liverpool next season, according to former Red Devils manager Ron Atkinson.

United sacked David Moyes on Tuesday morning after the defending English champions suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Red Devils, who won’t be in next season’s Champions League, trail current Premier League leaders Liverpool by 23 points after 11 Premier League defeats this season.

But Sir Alex Ferguson’s predecessor at Old Trafford reckons United can close the gap and leapfrog their bitter rivals with three top-range signings this summer.

“I think United will be in the top four next season. The team of the season is obviously Liverpool but I wouldn’t be surprised to see United finish above them next year,” Atkinson told Fubar Radio.

He added: “I think Fellaini has more to come than he has offered. He will be a better player than he has shown this season.

“Mata is a super player. He will be a very good Manchester United player. I can see some sort of link up between him and Rooney in the future.

“If they bring three top-range players in, it picks the other players up. The Smallings, the Jones, the Evans if they see top players coming.”

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