Man United won’t challenge for Premier League title, says ex-Liverpool man
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore rules out a title challenge from Manchester United this season
Manchester United won’t challenge for the Premier League title this season, according to Stan Collymore.
The Red Devils have spent over £80m on new players in the summer transfer window, including the signings of Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger and Netherlands international Memphis Depay.
Can United trade punch for punch with their three other rivals? I don’t think so
Louis van Gaal has added more new faces to his squad than their top-four rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in a bid to challenge for this season’s Premier League crown.
However, former Liverpool forward Collymore, who currently works as a pundit for talkSPORT, reckons Van Gaal’s side will be unable to compete with the direct rivals.
Collymore told Daily Mirror: “I would love to list Manchester United as realistic title challengers. But Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal all have settled first XIs to take into the crucial first 10 matches of the season.
“Can Louis van Gaal say that? Forward Memphis Depay excites me, and Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger add much-needed variety to a non-existent midfield, but can United trade punch for punch with their three other rivals? I don’t think so.”
Van Gaal snapped up Depay in a £25m deal from Eredivisie winners PSV Eindhoven earlier this summer.
The Dutchman went on to sign World Cup winner Schweinsteiger and Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin to strengthen his midfield.
Torino full-back Matteo Darmian joined in a £12.5m deal, before Van Gaal added Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero to his squad as back-up.