Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has claimed that they won’t be challenging Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, reports the Daily Express.
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The Red Devils look likely to finish either third or fourth in manager Louis van Gaal’s debut season, and it isn’t entirely ridiculous that they would be aiming higher in the next campaign. They are currently 16 points off league leaders Chelsea, and with some new signings that is a gap that could be bridged.
However, their former midfielder doesn’t think that it will be possible with all three clubs above them strengthening in the summer. Manchester City are likely to invest heavily after a disappointing campaign, Arsenal have made big name signings in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the last two summers, and Chelsea are known for not being afraid to splash the cash.
Scholes said: “I’d be looking at Champions League again for next year. I think it’s probably a bit early to challenge for the league. We know Chelsea will buy two or three players and you have to say they have been along way ahead this year.
“Arsenal look good apart from Monday night and if they buy a couple I don’t think they will be far away and you have to say City will spend a lot of money as well so there’s a lot of catching up to be done.”
Having won 11 Premier League titles with United, the 40-year-old probably knows what he’s talking about on this front.