Solskjaer reviews Man Utd's 1-1 draw with Southampton
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Jamie Carragher has insisted that Manchester United no longer have any excuses for failure to win the Premier League – and hit out at Gary Neville’s suggestion that they need more signings. The Red Devils got off to a dream start to their campaign by beating Leeds 5-1 last weekend, but they then followed that up with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.
United have splashed out over £100m this summer on the transfers of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, and it remains to be seen whether or not they bring in any new faces before the window closes next week.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, former United defender Neville questioned why his old club hadn’t gone the “extra mile” by trying to buy want-away Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
But Carragher argued that they need to stop focusing so much on spending and have more belief that they can keep up with those challenging for the title with their current squad.
“It seems that whenever I listen to Gary or to Roy [Keane], any Manchester United fan, the answer is always to go and spend £100m on someone,” Carragher said.
“That is always the answer, go and blitz the transfer market. You’re talking about Chelsea going after Lukaku, he scored on his debut yesterday, and all of a sudden it’s ‘Chelsea are going to win the league’.
“United finished above them last season, they bought Varane and Sancho. I don’t get this feeling of ‘Manchester United can’t compete’. If Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp or even Thomas Tuchel had United’s squad, I feel they could win the league, I really believe that.”
It was pointed out on Sky that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had spent significantly more than Jurgen Klopp since taking the job at Old Trafford.
And Carragher hinted that he thinks Solskjaer deserves to come under more scrutiny for failing to win a trophy so far in his tenure.
“You’re comparing Liverpool and Manchester United, yeah it’s a similar sort of trajectory, Solskjaer has done a really good job, but why don’t you compare it to Man City and Chelsea?” he added.
“Liverpool didn’t have the revenue to go and compete for the league right away, there’s no way Tuchel goes into Chelsea and they accept he’ll have three or four years spending that sort of money.
“And Manchester United have spent the money City have done, spent the money Chelsea have done, so this thing of building, yes, but I don’t think Manchester United not winning the league this year, finishing third or fourth, that can’t be acceptable.”
Carragher’s comments come after Neville admitted he was not confident of United winning their first title since 2013.
“My gut feeling is no,” he said. “They (United’s signings) won’t have the same impact on Manchester United as [Virgil] van Dijk and Allison [did at Liverpool] to get them up to 9 points, 95 points that you need to win the league. I think they’ll still be short.
“Sancho’s £70million-odd was last year’s money, but with regards to Manchester United, they’ve always gone after the best player in the Premier League.
“Why is [Anthony] Martial, [Daniel] James, [Jesse] Lingard, you are talking about potentially offloading a lot of wages there and getting some transfer fees in.
“Why are they not going for Harry Kane this week? I think if Harry Kane entered Man United, they could get up to 90, 95 points.”
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