Lee Sharpe predicts where Man United will finish this season

The Red Devils legend rules out Manchester United challenging for the Premier League title this term

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Lee Sharpe has ruled out Manchester United challenging for the Premier League title this season.

The Red Devils finished in second spot in the Premier League table last term to secure their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

Manchester United ended up 19 points adrift of runaway Premier League champions Manchester City to underline the gap between the two teams.

The 20-time English champions were 2-1 winners against Leicester City in their Premier League opener at Old Trafford earlier this month.

Manchester United lost 3-2 to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday evening to heap pressure on Jose Mourinho’s side.

The Red Devils have fallen three points adrift of defending champions Manchester City, Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC in the title race.

Former Manchester United midfielder Sharpe believes the Red Devils won’t challenge for the title and could finish in third or fourth place.

“They struggled to keep up with City last year and now Liverpool have strengthened their midfield and signed a goalkeeper I see them as the main threat,” Sharpe told the Daily Mail.

“United have got good players and strength in depth, but they need to be let off the leash.

“They are good enough to be in the top four. But what happens if they fall behind City and Liverpool and are left challenging Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal for top four?

“I think United fans accepted second last year because they were behind a City side breaking loads of records.

“But, if they are down in third and fourth and playing rubbish, are the fans and the board, in particular, still going to put up with that? I’m not so sure.”

Manchester United lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley last term to miss out on silverware.

The Red Devils signed Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant in the summer transfer window.

Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013.

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