Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has delivered a brutal home truth to Manchester United ahead of the new season.
The Scot believes it is ‘turbulent’ times at Old Trafford right now, with the club faring poorly last season as they played some dull football and finished trophyless.
And despite finishing runners-up in the Premier League, they were a very distant second as they ended up a whole 19 points behind champions Manchester City.
A big improvement is needed from Jose Mourinho’s side in 2018/19, but given the way Liverpool have strengthened to build on an impressive run in last season’s Champions League surely makes them City’s main challengers.
Souness certainly seems to think it is his old club who will be the ones for City to watch out for, but predicted a much tougher time for United as he described the disarray they appear to be in at the moment.
‘(Liverpool are) the club City will fear most. (They) must put Pep Guardiola’s side under pressure and see if they crack,’ Souness told the Times.
On United, he added: ‘You’ve only got a chance at a club if everybody from the chairman down is pulling in the same direction. Right now, that ain’t happening at United.
‘There will be players on the fringes of the team who are unhappy with Jose Mourinho and will be stirring the pot. It’s turbulent times for them.’
This follows a quiet summer in the transfer market, and Mourinho looking less than happy in many of his pre-season press conferences.
Known for recently having poor third seasons with his clubs, many at United may well feel the Portuguese is about to lose it just as he did in previous jobs at Chelsea and Real Madrid.