Manchester United made some huge strides forward in Erik ten Hag’s first season at the club – but what are the pundits predicting for the Red Devils in the 2023-24 Premier League season?
With the additions of Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund, Ten Hag has strengthened the spine of his squad and more additions could still be on the way.
Here, we’ve rounded up what nine pundits make of Man Utd’s summer business and what it will mean for their hopes in 2023-24.
The former United captain recently stuck his neck on the line and predicted Arsenal to pip Man City to the league title. In regards to his former side, he has predicted a solid third-place finish, although he still thinks they are behind Arsenal and Man City in the pecking order.
“I don’t look at United [to challenge for the title] with what they have done so far,” Neville told The Overlap. “So unless United, Chelsea, Liverpool do something miraculous in these next few weeks of the transfer window, Arsenal are the only team that can challenge City at this moment in time.”
Carragher thinks that Ten Hag’s men will get over the line for a top four finish. When predicting his top six he told The Overlap: “I’ll go Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham.”
Ferdinand thinks that United and Arsenal will be the two main “challengers” who will battle Man City for the title this season.
“Manchester United and Arsenal, two challengers. If anyone’s going to get close to them [Man City], it’ll be those two,” Ferdinand told TNT Sports.
“I still think there’s a difference between Manchester United and Manchester City: on the pitch and off the pitch.
“But I think Manchester United are going in the right direction. I think you can see how they have approached the transfer window, it’s been very decisive and forthright.
“They have executed on three very good players who are going to improve the squad no doubt, potentially another one coming in after that, we’ll have to wait and see.”
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 5, 2023
The former Tottenham boss thinks that United have done some good business this summer and that could set them up for a successful 2023-24 campaign.
“Erik ten Hag did a great job in his first season at United and he’s another who has had a decent summer in the market,” Redknapp told The Sun. “I’ve always liked Mason Mount and he is a great addition to the midfield while Andre Onana is one of the best keepers in the world.
“Rasmus Hojlund might not have been their first choice for a new striker at the start of the summer but he looks a great prospect. As good a season Marcus Rashford had last time, United have been after a goalscoring centre-forward for ages. This lad could be the answer.”
“I must admit, I’d fancy them even more if they’d have gone out and spent £100million on Harry Kane. That would have been very hard for Daniel Levy to turn down. But, even so, I think United are fantastic value and in my book they will be a real threat to everyone this season.”
The former Man Utd defender thinks Ten Hag’s side will leapfrog their local neighbours, but he still has them to fall short of the Premier League title.
“Arsenal will finish first. Second, Manchester United. Third is Manchester City and fourth will be Liverpool,” Silvestre told Betting Expert.
Owen has tipped United to finish fourth this season. The former United striker still thinks Ten Hag’s side have “questions to answer” but he is holding out some hope for Hojlund.
“I’ve gone for Liverpool and ManUtd to finish 3rd and 4th but both have questions to answer,” Owen wrote on Twitter.
“Neither were visually impressive on the whole last season. United have followed the recent trend and bought a ball playing GK. Looks a great buy. At the other end they’ve filled a vital position they’ve been crying out for. If Hojlund is a success, they could be in business.”
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— Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) August 4, 2023
Murphy has gone down a similar line of thinking and also believes Ten Hag’s side are in for a fourth-placed finish this season.
“United have done good business in Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund and the arrival of a ball-playing goalkeeper in Andre Onana will change the way they play and control games, especially away from home,” Murphy told the Daily Mail.
“If you’re looking at it now, I’d say Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea,” Savage told Star Sports when predicting the top four.
“Retired players are always biased towards the clubs they used to play for, so I hope Manchester United get back to where they belong at the top of the Premier League,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“Manchester City are favourites again, I don’t want that to happen because they’ll be champions four years in a row, which has never happened before.
“Arsenal won’t admit it, but the title was theirs to win and clearly for the taking. This season will be tougher and more challenging for them.”