Jamie Carragher rates Manchester United’s Premier League title chances after Chelsea win
Manchester United are “not miles away” from the Premier League title, according former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
United went into the season with low expectations after a disastrous finish to the previous campaign — when they won just two of their final 12 games — and a mixed summer of transfer dealings.
Carragher said he admired the way Solskjaer and United had gone about their transfer business over the summer and believes they could finish higher than many people expect.
“I know from being at Liverpool when we’ve had times outside the top four as a player, I’d always say it’s never as bad as you think,” Carragher told The Last Word podcast.
“Sometimes you just get one player or a couple of players who leave, and something just lights up. I’m not saying that takes you to the title, but I don’t think Manchester United are miles away, I really don’t.
“In some ways I admire what they’ve done and the signings they’ve made. Could they have replaced Lukaku? I think it’s about time Rashford was given a go through the middle.
“Let’s see if Marcus Rashford is good enough to be Manchester United’s centre forward. He may not be. He may always be that player who plays wide a little bit, plays though the middle now and again. Is he really going to be that 20, 25 goals a season striker? Let’s see and have a look.”
After United were widely criticised for paying £80million for Maguire, making him the world’s most expensive defender, Carragher said he thought the ex-Leicester man was a good addition.
Maguire won Man Of The Match in United’s season opener against Chelsea.
“The defenders they brought in in Maguire… I think it’s a good signing,” added the former Liverpool star.
“People are questioning the price tag but he had a five-year deal and they (Leicester) knew (United) were desperate,” Carragher said.
“Is there anyone better out there you could get? Probably not. People saying (Matthijs) de Ligt but he’s going to sign for Juventus before United. Could they have brought one or two more in? They’ve still spent more than anyone.
“I don’t think United are miles away the way people talk.
“I think it will take them one or two or two or three or maybe four transfer windows to get rid of the bad apples, players that aren’t good enough or don’t suit the way Ole plays.”