The Sunday Supplement panel have suggested that Manchester United are no closer to winning a title under Louis van Gaal than they were under David Moyes.
Speaking on Sky Sports, The Sun’s Martin Lipton revealed his opinion that despite the fact that the Red Devils may be closer in terms of points this season, they haven’t convinced anyone yet that they are legitimate title contenders.
United sit in fourth place in the Premier League table after 16 games, and despite their loss to Bournemouth at the weekend, they remain just four points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.
Coupled with their exit from the Champions League last week, the pressure is certainly building on Van Gaal, but they remain in the hunt for honours both at home and abroad.
However, there is no denying that they have continued to struggle since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, and the panel believe that the process of moving on from the long-time United boss has destabilised the club as many aspects have changed since his departure.
Furthermore, they argued that the cyclical nature of football has played a role too, and that circumstances are different in other European countries, particularly Spain, given how the system heavily favours the top clubs financially.
While things can change quickly in football, it remains to be seen whether or not Van Gaal can get his side back on track as they welcome injured players back. The United boss has suffered with an injury crisis in recent weeks having been missing the likes of Wayne Rooney and several full-backs, and so he will undoubtedly hope that their respective returns will give the entire squad a boost.
However, he will have little time to wait for that to happen as his side host Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon looking to get back to winning ways.