Gary Neville predicts Manchester United will miss out on top four if they don't sign Frenkie de Jong
Gary Neville predicts Manchester United will miss the top four as they are behind Arsenal, Chelsea AND Tottenham…
- Gary Neville has given his damning opinion on United’s chances this season
- Neville believes United can finish higher if Frenkie De Jong signs for the club
- The pundit spoke after the Premier League opener in Selhurst Park
Gary Neville has predicted that Manchester United will fail to return to the top four of the Premier League in their first season under Erik ten Hag.
The former United captain spoke Friday ahead of the Premier League opener between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Neville was dubious about the prospect of a return to Champions League football for the three-time winners.
However, he believes the Barcelona signing of Frenkie de Jong could change the complexion of their season.
Gary Neville believes his old side Manchester United will miss a place in the top four
“I don’t think United will finish fourth with their current squad, but if they bring in De Jong and a striker, it’s a different story,” he said.
After qualifying for the Europa League on the last day of the season led by Ralf Rangnick, the new boss has taken the summer break to bolster his team for the coming season.
Lisandro Martinez has rejoined Ten Hag after playing under the Dutch boss at Ajax, while fullback Tyrell Malacia is another Eredivisie import into the 52-year-old’s squad. Danish international Christian Eriksen has also joined United after impressing on his return to the Premier League with Brentford.
Despite the new signings, United are embroiled in two ongoing transfer fiascos, with the future of top target Frenkie de Jong still hanging in the air amid claims he would rather stay at Barcelona, and star player Cristiano Ronaldo striving to leave the club.
Neville believes the club could finish higher if they catch top target Frenkie de Jong
The former United captain called the club’s opening game against Brighton ‘tough’
Speaking of the Ten Hag’s first competitive game in charge of United in their Premier League game at home to Brighton on Sunday, Neville said:
“I don’t know what will happen on Sunday. I liked what I saw before the season, but Brighton at Old Trafford will be difficult.”
United have qualified for the Champions League six times after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, but have never progressed beyond the quarter-finals of the competition since, crashing into the last eight against Bayern Munich in 2014 and Barcelona in 2019.
Earlier this week, news broke that United’s new CEO, Richard Arnold, has brought the legendary manager back to Old Trafford, along with former CEO David Gill.