Updated: Tuesday, 19th November 2019 @ 1:56pm

The Andy Gray Column: Manchester United no longer frighten the opposition like derby rivals City

The Andy Gray Column: Manchester United no longer frighten the opposition like derby rivals City

Former Aston Villa and Wolves striker Andy Gray was talking exclusively to Mancunian Matters…

The problem Manchester United have is they no longer frighten teams.

They used to scare the life out of the opposition, but now teams know they can get at them, and it is their city rivals who scare the rest of the Premier League.

Man United weren’t quite at the races against Newcastle in midweek and while it is probably just a blip I think there are some big problems for Sir Alex Ferguson to address.

In their heavy loss at Newcastle they lacked a strong central midfield pairing and if you put Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye in United’s team, I think they would have won.

United have lost two in a row but they’ve still got 45 points and if they continue are on course to get 90 points, which would be ten points more than last season. There’s not an awful lot wrong but, when it’s United, people jump on the bandwagon.

Sir Alex Ferguson does need to strengthen though, particularly in midfield, and if he does that they’ll be successful. But he’s always said he’ll only buy in January if one of their targets becomes available.

Only players who are Champions League quality are going to attract Sir Alex so it’s difficult to say who that might be because there aren’t many people who would leave a club in the Champions League right now to come to United.

But I do think that for the vast majority of his team he’s got good options all over the field, it’s just they’re suffering with a horrendous injury list right now.

The bottom line is Sir Alex knows what he is doing.  You don’t win the things he has won without having belief in your decisions, and making the right ones.

United will be there or there abouts come the end of the season and I still think it would be a brave man to bet against them topping the pile again come May.

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