Jamie Carragher says Manchester United stand a better chance of challenging the top two this season than Chelsea.
Whilst Chelsea have splashed the cash this summer, United have been quieter in the transfer market, bringing in Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said that Frank Lampard has a big task on his hands at Stamford Bridge to bed in their new signings.
He said: “I actually believe, even if Manchester United don’t bring in the players Chelsea have done, they’ll still be the closest challenger to the top two.
” Bruno Fernandes is going to be there for a full season and he made a huge difference when he came in January, he was outstanding. If he continues that this season, they could go a lot closer.
“I think the thing we should mention, with Chelsea bringing all those players in, is the most difficult thing in management – and this is something I remember Alex Ferguson saying – is managing change.
“Frank Lampard is managing change after 12 months, normally a manager manages change after having a cycle of four or five years and a team needs to evolve and move on.
“Frank’s brought six or seven players in and that’s not easy so Chelsea could easily go backwards.
“They’re bringing those players in to propel them forwards and get those numbers, they had to make changes, I get that, but it can easily go the other way.
“It’s not easy to bring in those type of players and make it all gel. We know for certain that not every transfer is going to work, not all those players that are being brought in are going to be successful.
“That’s why I still see United as being the closest challenger to the top two.”