Sport: Gary Neville predicts Manchester United will miss out on top four

Manchester United fans are DIVIDED over Sir Alex Ferguson's return

  Manchester United fans are DIVIDED over Sir Alex Ferguson's return Fans took to Twitter to make their opinions known, and there is a rift between supporters with many claiming it is a positive step, whilst several believe it is time for the club to move on.United fans took to Twitter to make their opinions known following the news, and there seems to be a clear rift between supporters with many claiming it is a positive step, whilst several believe it is time for the club to move on from the Scot.

Gary Neville has predicted that Manchester United will fail to make a return to the Premier League's top four in their first season under Erik ten Hag.

The former United captain spoke prior to the Premier League opener between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Friday. Speaking about the prospect of a return to Champion's League football for the three-time winners, Neville was doubtful:

'I don’t think United with their current squad will finish fourth, but if they bring de Jong and a striker in it’s a different story.'

Gary Neville believes Manchester United will miss out on a top four spot © Provided by Daily Mail Gary Neville believes Manchester United will miss out on a top four spot

After scraping Europa League qualification on the final day of the season under the stewardship of Ralf Rangnick, the new boss has utilised the summer break to strengthen his squad for the coming campaign.

Can the Community Shield winners go on to win the Premier League?

  Can the Community Shield winners go on to win the Premier League? For many, it is much more than a pre-season friendly: it is a competitive fixture with a trophy - one which managers often count in their personal hauls - as the reward. But it has also become somewhat of an omen ahead of the Premier League campaign.Analysis conducted by Sportsmail shows only one team, Manchester City in 2018, have gone on to lift the Premier League title after winning the Community Shield in the last 11 years.

Lisandro Martinez has joined back up with Ten Hag after playing under the Dutch boss at Ajax, while full-back Tyrell Malacia is another Eredivise import in the 52-year-old's squad. Danish international Christian Eriksen has also joined United after impressing in his return to the Premier League with Brentford.

Despite the new signings, United find themselves embroiled in two ongoing transfer fiascos, with top target Frenkie de Jong's future still up in the air amidst claims he would prefer to stay at Barcelona, and star man Cristiano Ronaldo aiming for an exit from the club.

Neville believes that club could finish higher should they capture top target Frenkie de Jong © Provided by Daily Mail Neville believes that club could finish higher should they capture top target Frenkie de Jong The former United captain called the club's opening league game against Brighton 'tough' © Provided by Daily Mail The former United captain called the club's opening league game against Brighton 'tough'

Speaking about the Ten Hag's first competitive game in charge of United in their Premier League fixture at home to Brighton on Sunday, Neville said:

Premier League team-by-team schedules 2022/23: Complete list of all club fixtures, dates, times for every EPL soccer match

  Premier League team-by-team schedules 2022/23: Complete list of all club fixtures, dates, times for every EPL soccer match Here's a look at every club's 2022/23 Premier League schedule, with each team's list of fixtures in a single post. The calendar consists of 38 matches for every club, including 16 before the break for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.What makes this season unique is a six-week break in the action for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

'I don’t know what will happen Sunday. I liked what I saw pre-season, but Brighton at Old Trafford will be tough.'

United have qualified for the Champions League six times following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, but have never gone further than the quarter-finals of the competition since, crashing out in the last eight to Bayern Munich in 2014, and Barcelona in 2019.

News broke earlier this week that new United CEO Richard Arnold has brought the legendary manager back into the fold at Old Trafford alongside former chief executive David Gill.

Read more

Neville: Man Utd played like U9s | 'Transfer strategy difficult to forgive' .
Gary Neville tells Man Utd fans, "if you thought it couldn't get any lower, it just has," while he also hit out at the club's transfer strategy this summer.Neville also described the club's delay in strengthening Erik ten Hag's squad as "difficult to forgive".

See also