Robbie Savage: Why Man United will be lucky to finish fourth

Robbie Savage says Manchester United will be fortunate to finish fourth in the Premier League this season

Robbie Savage believes that Manchester United will be lucky to finish fourth in the Premier League this season after an “embarrassing” transfer deadline day for the Red Devils.

United signed Anthony Martial in a big-money deal from Monaco on Tuesday as Louis van Gaal moved to bolster his attacking options at Old Trafford.

They will be lucky to improve on last year’s fourth place

Robbie Savage

The Red Devils also retained the services of goalkeeper David De Gea after his proposed transfer to Real Madrid fell through due to technical issues.

With Van Gaal having brought in six new players during the summer transfer window, many have tipped United to mount a challenge for this season’s Premier League title.

However, former Birmingham City midfielder Savage feels that United will be fortunate to emulate last season’s finish of fourth place in the top flight.

Savage told the Daily Mirror: “After another embarrassing deadline day, I’m not just concerned that Manchester United lost the plot in the transfer window. I’m worried that they are losing their identity as a football club.

“Before a ball was kicked last month, I fancied United to win the title because their early-summer transfer business had been excellent, especially in central midfield, and they were only a couple of major signings away from justifying my optimism.

“Now they will be lucky to improve on last year’s fourth place. How on earth they reached a farcical situation with four goalkeepers but only two central strikers – Wayne Rooney and £36m punt Anthony Martial – in their squad is beyond me.”

United, who slumped to a 2-1 loss to Swansea City in their last Premier League outing, host Liverpool at Old Trafford after the international break on 12 September.

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