Gary Neville says Man Utd “will win again” but their wait for a Premier League title could go on until Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp “leave Liverpool and City”.
The Red Devils made huge progress in the second half of last season as they shot up the table to finish in third position, thanks in part to the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has drafted in Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a deal worth £40m and there are rumours there will be more signings at Man Utd before the window shuts in October.
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Despite their progress, they still finished 15 points behind Manchester City and 33 points adrift of champions Liverpool but Neville predicts Guardiola and Klopp will leave fairly soon, opening up the possibility of United winning another title.
Neville told the Daily Mirror: “The one thing I can guarantee you is that United will win again. That might not be this year or next year, but it will be amazing when they win again, and the longer it builds up, the greater the actual feeling is when you do it.
“I’m not sitting here, as a United fan, thinking, ‘We must win the league this year’. Yes, we’d like to, but you know when it’s your time and it’s not yet. It will be, maybe, when Klopp and Guardiola leave Liverpool and City – hopefully in the next couple of years!
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“That will be the chance, as they’re two outstanding managers who have built really good teams, but they’ll leave in the next one, two or three years. That will be the point when United can come back in and capitalise – I’m sure Chelsea are thinking that way as well.”
And Neville’s former Man Utd team-mate Ryan Giggs gave a similar view: “You’ve got the two best coaches in the world, at pretty settled sides, where they’re just adding players where they need to.
“Ole’s a bit further behind in that respect, but once that does happen, when Guardiola and Klopp leave, then be ready to strike, with a team that’s capable of winning the league.
“Even for the most realistic United fans, just getting closer to Liverpool and City would be the aim this year.
“How long has Ole been there now, almost two years? You look at Klopp at Liverpool, he improved every year. Then it was in his fifth year that he won the league.
“So you want to see improvement – that’s what United fans want, as well as exciting football, which we’ve seen at times – but just get closer and then have a real go at the Premier League.”