Premier League legend Alan Shearer has warned not to write off Manchester United’s title chances, despite Jose Mourinho’s despondent mood this summer.
The Red Devils coach has cut a sullen figure throughout pre-season with the former Chelsea boss unable to hide his dissatisfaction with Brazil international midfielder Fred being his sides only high profile signing.
Mourinho guided Manchester United to their best Premier League finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, but the 55-year-old coach has insisted that he wants to sign two more players before the end of the transfer window.
However, former Newcastle striker and the all time leading Premier League goal scorer Alan Shearer thinks that Mourinho’s whinging is unwarranted, and his side will be a force to be reckoned with.
Writing in his column for the BBC, Shearer said: “Their team is definitely already good enough to challenge champions Manchester City for the title, but can Jose get the best out them, and can they play in a style that can keep their fans happy?
“Like any big club, they need some silverware – in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies – the League Cup and Europa League – but he won nothing last season.
“So, the pressure is on and there is even speculation he might not last much longer in his job.
“But despite his current downbeat demeanour, it would be dangerous to write United or Mourinho off.
“We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players.
”I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time.”