Manchester United are still “three to four” players short of challenging Chelsea for the Premier League title, according to Gary Neville.
Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday meant United have all but ensured a return to the Champions League next season, but the former United captain insisted work needs to be done in the summer if Louis Van Gaal is to steer the club to the title in the next campaign.
Manchester United are the third-most valuable football club in the world, according to American business magazine Forbes.
United are third in the top 20 list, behind Real Madrid, who have been named the most valuable team for the third year running ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona.
Patrice Evra has claimed that Carlos Tevez still has Manchester United in his blood after the Argentine scored to give Juventus a 2-1 lead against Real Madrid after the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.
Tevez left United in acrimonious circumstances to join City after Sir Alex Ferguson opted against signing the former Boca Juniors striker, before establishing himself as one of Serie A’s best players after a somewhat mixed spell on the blue side of Manchester.
Daley Blind has said Manchester United must stick together and finish the season on a high after three defeats in a row have threatened to dent their challenge for a top-four finish.
Having won six on the bounce, United have lost to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich, failing to score in all three games as an injury to Michael Carrick has disrupted Louis Van Gaal’s plans.
Louis Van Gaal has confirmed both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie have been axed from the list of penalty takers for the remainder of the season.
Van Persie’s miss condemned United to a 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich on Saturday, their third defeat in a row, and Van Gaal said it will now be up to someone else to step up to the spot.
Gary Neville has heaped praise on Michael Carrick, describing his former teammate as a combination between Andrea Pirlo, Paul Scholes and Sergio Busquets.
Carrick has been pivotal to Manchester United’s resurgence over the last month and a half but he was badly missed as Louis Van Gaal’s men stumbled to consecutive defeats at Chelsea and Everton.
Wayne Rooney’s season could be over following the knee injury the Manchester United captain sustained against Everton on Sunday afternoon.
According to the Daily Mirror, United are worried that Rooney, who limped off in the final stages of United’s 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park after colliding with Daley Blind, could miss the remaining four league games with what appears to be a rather serious injury problem.
Louis Van Gaal has hinted that Radamel Falcao could return to Monaco in the summer after admitting the Colombian would be a bit-part player at Old Trafford.
Falcao has scored only four Premier League goals in 13 league starts this season and United appear unlikely to invest the £43.4m needed to sign the striker permanently this summer.