Manchester United have been tipped to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title next season because of the signing of Donny van de Beek, who looks set to form a formidable midfield trio with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
That’s the opinion for former Red Devils academy graduate Robbie Savage, though he believes United still need one or two more signings.
Liverpool won their first Premier League last season by a landslide while United finished third.
But the Red Devils have since strengthened their squad, signing Van De Beek from Ajax for £40million.
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And Savage believes that will be enough to put up a serious challenge with United, tipping them to at least finish second in the league.
“I can’t wait to see United’s midfield three of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and new signing Donny van de Beek supplying the ammunition for Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial,” he told The Mirror.
“Add a world-class centre-back and a top-class goalscorer and they will be the real deal.”
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Savage did say, however, that he thought Liverpool would retain the league anyway.
“Jurgen Klopp is not the sort of manager to let the grass grow under his feet,” he added.
“They have stockpiled 196 points over the last two seasons and that defensive unit, with Virgil van Dijk at its heart, will be the foundation for more success.
“They have only lost four games out of the last 77 in the Premier League – that’s some going.”
Despite Chelsea’s extravagant spending this summer, Savage thinks they’ll finish below United in third.
“Owner Roman Abramovich means business – he’s given manager Frank Lampard £230 million to spend this summer and Chelsea have brought in serious quality.
“Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr will build on Lampard’s excellent first season in charge – but he needs a world-class goalkeeper.”
Liverpool take on Leeds in the opening round of fixtures, while United have a delayed start due to their Europa League exploits.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will face Brighton and Hove Albion in their opener and will hope their marquee signings hit the ground running right away.
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