Graeme Souness predicts Manchester United to struggle in the coming season

Graeme Souness has urged Manchester United to invest more if they are to take on the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea next season.

With just under a week remaining before the new season of the Premier League gets underway, Graeme Souness has offered his take on one of its key players, Manchester United. He predicts the English giants to fail to meet expectations, citing the lack of further funding that could put them behind the usual favourites, as reported by Transfer Market Web.

It is an eye-questionable take from the Sky Sports pundit, given Manchester United have emerged as one of the busiest teams in the market this summer. They notably made a hefty investment in order to secure the services of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, putting an end to a year-long transfer saga.

Only a few days later, it was followed by another eye-catching acquisition of Raphael Varane. The experienced defender joined from Real Madrid, drawing in praises from his old teammate Sergio Ramos, who himself had quit Madrid to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

However, Souness believes it may not be enough to help them emerge as the title favourites in the Premier League next season, urging for further spending.

What next for Raphael Varane? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Varane will join Manchester United in the new season. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

“If Manchester United have finished their transfer business with the signings of Jadon Sancho for £73 million from Borussia Dortmund and Raphael Varane for an initial £34 million from Real Madrid, then that is not enough investment for them to win the trophies this season that a club of their magnitude should be aiming for: the Premier League and Champions League,” Souness said.

A five-time English champion and a three-time European champion during his time at Liverpool, the 68-year-old thinks what the Red Devils lack most is the presence of a reliable goalscoring forward.

“The signing required to catapult them into title-winning contention with Manchester City and Chelsea is a striker who guarantees 30 goals a season. There are few of them around and you will pay a premium if you are a Premier League club and another premium on top of that if you are one of the big boys,” he added.

Souness’ comments may serve as a reminder for Manchester United to reconsider the strength of their attacking department, especially at a time when Chelsea are tipped to snap up one of their former striker in Romelu Lukaku while Manchester City are still in contention to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.

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