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Top Four Good Enough For Man United Despite £150m Spending Spree, Says Liverpool Legend

Really? Big-spending United defended for disappointing season.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has defended Louis van Gaal’s work so far at Manchester United, insisting they were never likely to be in this season’s title race.

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Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the former Reds defender feels the club have done well to get back into contention for a top four spot, despite spending around £150m on a host of new players in the summer.

“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.”

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