Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United still need ‘two or three players’ before they are capable of challenging Manchester City and Liverpool, as Phil Neville hailed the talent in the club’s front three.
United continued their impressive run of form either side of the season’s suspension with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Thursday night, moving the Red Devils level on points with fourth-placed Leicester and extending their unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions.
Their recent surge into Champions League contention has raised optimism that Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side can emerge as challengers in the coming seasons, though Giggs believes his former side still need ‘two or three’ high-quality additions before they can compete with the Premier League‘s best.
“Oh definitely I still think we’re off [both] Manchester City and Liverpool,” Giggs told Premier League Productions. “I still think two or three players [are needed].
“Ole has done really well in the two transfer windows he’s had. Characters have come in. Fernandes looks a leader, he looks like a character. Harry Maguire is captain.
“So it’s not just about players, it’s about having that culture and characters that can improve – not just the starting XI – but the squad and the overall feeling of the club.
“They’re moving in the right direction but I still believe they need three players.”
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored the goals at Selhurst Park and continued the fine form of United’s attacking contingent, the duo having excelled in a new-look frontline also containing academy starlet Mason Greenwood.
Martial has thrived in a central role and has scored six times in his past seven league appearances, with Neville suggesting the trio are as good as any front three in the Premier League.
“I looked at it at the start of the lockdown and thought, ‘what areas do United need to invest in to close the gap to Man City and Liverpool?’” Neville said on Match of the Day.
“Straight away I thought of the centre-forward [position]. But them two are now causing Ole that big of a problem.
“They’re the best three – with Greenwood – in the league, up there with the Liverpool front three and the City front three. I think they have the ability to interchange positions and link with each other. I don’t see any better.”