Manchester United are way behind sides like Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs, despite breaking records in the transfer window this summer.
That’s what former Premier League striker Chris Sutton told BT Sport (cited by the Sport Review), anyway.
“When you look at the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City and Tottenham, they are miles ahead of Manchester United,” he boldly claimed.
“David Moyes was heavily criticised, Louis van Gaal was heavily criticised, what has changed?”
Well, what’s changed is that Mourinho gets to work with Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of Europe’s greatest strikers, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored and assisted over 20 goals each last term in Germany, and Eric Bailly – a £30m centre-back.
Still, after ten games, United lie eighth on 15 points, behind Watford on goal difference.
Unfortunately we didn’t manage to beat Mourinho’s team a few weeks back, but this was primarily because of the ultra-defensive style he imposed on the fixture.
Sutton’s right in suggesting that David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal were much more harshly judged early on, especially considering the money at Mourinho’s disposal.
Having said that, we expect United to put together a run at some point – they simply have too many top players not to – but the eight point gap between us and them is a very comfy, enjoyable cushion for Liverpool fans and the team alike to sit on.