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Roy Keane pessimistic about Manchester United’s title chances next season

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane doesn’t believe his former club will be able to compete with Liverpool or Manchester City next year.

In an interview with The Independent, Keane shared his thoughts on United’s chances next term.

“The league table doesn’t lie,” he said, before adding that United “are a bit short at the back.”

However, there is a lot of optimism about the Red Devils at the moment with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guiding them to a 14-game undefeated streak. A poor start in the league has left them in the race for top four, in sixth-place and five points off Chelsea in fourth.

The arrival of Bruno Fernandes has made a huge difference and it’s clear to see United have a real spark going forward now compared to the beginning of the season. The Portuguese Magnifico gives us extra quality in midfield and it looks like everyone else has raised their game around him.

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Then you look at Harry Maguire, who came in the summer and is already club captain. He has brought more solidity at the back, but many feel the England international needs a better partner than Victor Lindelof alongside him.

When people talk about competing with Liverpool next season, it’s important to consider they have won 28 of their 31 games in the league, and are currently 37 points ahead of United, who have only won 13.

To compete in a title next season would take an almighty jump forward but it’s not impossible.

“It will be hard to get past Liverpool or Man City over the next 12 months,” Keane added.

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