Manchester United could not have been expected to seriously challenge for the Premier League title this season, insists former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the Reds legend leaped to the defence of United boss Louis van Gaal, insisting he should not be judged more harshly just because he spent £150m on new players.
“If you envisaged them leading the title race, you would have been kidding yourself,” Carragher writes. “There was never any chance of United finishing in front of Chelsea and Manchester City this season, not even after they spent £150.2million on new players and recruited a coach with a distinguished reputation.
“They finished seventh last season and needed to make big improvements but the way it is being made out, you would think they were the only club who bought big when nothing could have been further from the truth. Van Gaal isn’t the only manager to get financial assistance.
“Manchester City won the title, then spent £88m on new players. Liverpool finished second, then invested £114.8m. Chelsea have sold well but have paid out £112.8m since last year. Arsenal’s outlay for the same period has been £95m. United’s spending shouldn’t come into arguments.”