Gary Neville REFUSES to label Manchester United as Premier League title challengers and insists it would be ‘harsh’ to expect Erik ten Hag to rival Man City after spending just £179million on new summer signings

Gary Neville REFUSES to label Manchester United as Premier League title challengers and insists it would be ‘harsh’ to expect Erik ten Hag to rival Man City after spending just £179million on new summer signings

Gary Neville believes Manchester United shouldn’t be expected to compete for the Premier League title because they haven’t spent as much as those challenging around them.

United have so far splashed out £179million in the summer transfer window bringing in Mason Mount (Chelsea, £60m), Andre Onana (Inter Milan, £47m) and young striker Rasmus Hojlund (Atalanta, £72m), but Neville isn’t convinced that spending puts them in a position to fight for the English top-flight crown.

The Red Devils kick-start their Premier League campaign tonight with Wolves travelling to Old Trafford with Erik ten Hag hoping for a winning start to the new season.

Neville, speaking pre-match told Sky Sports: ‘There will be those that say Manchester United should be challenging for the title now. 

‘But realistically, looking at where Arsenal are and how they have recruited this summer, and looking how established Manchester City are, I think it would be unrealistic and harsh to say Manchester United should be competing for the title.

Manchester United have so far splashed out £179million in the summer transfer window bringing in three players

Gary Neville believes it would be 'harsh' to expect Erik ten Hag to challenge for the Premier League crown

Gary Neville believes it would be ‘harsh’ to expect Erik ten Hag to challenge for the Premier League crown

Neville insists his former club shouldn't be expected to compete for the Premier League title

Neville insists his former club shouldn’t be expected to compete for the Premier League title

‘For that to happen, Antony would have to explode this season, Marcus Rashford would have to hit the same numbers, and Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Andre Onana would have to hit the ground straight away,’ he added.

‘That is difficult; Hojlund is young, Onana has taken the most pressurised job in English football – Manchester United goalkeeper.

‘I still think third and trophy would be success, but I understand where the pressure comes from after their spending under Erik ten Hag,’ he said.

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