Gary Neville claims Man United can’t win the Premier League with Cristiano Ronaldo

Gary Neville and Cristiano Ronaldo of Man United-Premier League - IMAGO / Sportimage

Neville is still doubtful about United’s title chances despite spending heavily in the transfer window.

Manchester United are up there among the clubs who have had a productive summer transfer window.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s acquisition was the icing on the cake after the Red Devils splashed the cash for marquee signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Nevertheless, Gary Neville feels that Ronaldo’s addition could only strengthen the squad but United’s title chances are still hanging in the balance.

Neville says that rivals like Chelsea and Manchester City are equally competent while Man Utd’s lack of success over the years could be a problem.

Neville said: “It [Ronaldo’s addition] strengthens Manchester United enormously.

“The big question every Manchester United fan, probably every fan in the Premier League, will be asking will be: is it enough for them to challenge for the title and win the title?

“I don’t quite feel it is. I still feel there are a couple of teams that are better. The Premier League I think is the strongest it’s been since the mid-2000s. 

“I think it’s an unbelievably strong Premier League at this moment in time with great coaches, great teams, great players and that’s been strengthened by this transfer window.”

Neville also recalled the impact of Ronaldo during his previous stint at Old Trafford and the partnership with Wayne Rooney.

“There’s no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, I have to say at that time when they both grew together from 2004-05 up to 2008, were really the difference in Manchester United becoming European champions and it will be interesting to see the impact he has on this squad.”

Neville also insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to find a winning formula after a successful transfer window.

“(United have) a lot of talented young players but they haven’t won yet, this team haven’t won, they don’t know how to win and they’ve got to learn that and he knows how to win – and hopefully for Manchester United he can bring that to the dressing room.” 

The Red Devils are off to a great start to this season, winning three and drawing one so far. 

Ronaldo, who is currently with the Portugal national team, is looking in fine nick after breaking the record for the most number of international goals against Ireland.