Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has predicted his top four ahead of the new campaign.
The six-time Premier league winner expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to improve on last season’s sixth place finish. He has placed the Reds fourth behind Man City, Liverpool and Spurs this time out.
“I think Man Utd will be a better team this year than they were last year,” the former England international told GivemeSport.
United have drastically improved their defence with the arrivals of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.
These additions should solidify Solskjaer’s back four this season after the Reds conceded a shocking 54 goals last campaign.
However, the lack of additions in central midfield means United go in to the new season with a lack of depth in the centre of the park.
The club knew of Ander Herrera’s departure in May, yet a midfield signing was still not acquired, despite already being a key area of weakness.
This means that a long-term injury for Paul Pogba could prove fatal in United’s top four hopes, as the Reds lack energy and creativity in midfield without the Frenchman.
However, Scott McTominay looked a different player in pre-season and could play a big role under Solskjaer this season.
Fourth place seems about as high as the Reds can finish this season given the strength of the rivals’ squads.
Meanwhile, Ferdinand says he is ‘hurting’ having to discuss the success of rivals Manchester City and Liverpool as a pundit.
“It hurts man, it hurts. I’ve got to speak about Liverpool and Man City winning things and being better than Man United at the moment.”
“But as a pundit you’ve got to be honest, you’ve got to say it as you see it and those two teams are by far the better teams in the league at the moment.”