Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville has made a stunning prediction that his former side will finish above Liverpool come the end of the 2020-21 Premier League season.
Current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to guide the Reds to a third place finish last season after a final-day shootout with Leicester City sealed the side’s highest finish since Jose Mourinho in 2017-18 when they finished second.
Neville has spoken out about his former side’s chances of closing the gap between the league’s two runaway teams, rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
“Finishing third last season was a big moment for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That demonstrated progression.
“I think he has to break that top-two or get close to that top-two and get close to the title.
“To get close to the top-two and win a trophy – maybe in one of the cup competition – would be acceptable. He would have to get close to winning a title by his third season [to be considered a success].
“The fans want to see progression and Manchester United have to continue to progress.”
Neville’s prediction comes shortly after the Reds announced the recent signing of former Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, as per Sky Sports.
There is also growing speculation according to Daily Mail that United could be ready to finally issue Borussia Dortmund with a formal bid for highly-rated winger Jadon Sancho.
Should United manage to secure Dortmund’s Sancho it would be hard to write off their chances of finishing above arch-rivals Liverpool next season, especially considering Jurgen Klopp has made just the one summer signing so far (second-choice left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos).