Jamie Carragher gives honest assessment of Man United potential

Jamie Carragher believes the Manchester United squad should be challenging for a top-four finish this season.

The Red Devils have enjoyed an upturn in their fortunes over the past few weeks after Manchester United decided to end Jose Mourinho’s two-and-a-half year reign at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese head coach left Manchester United in sixth spot in the Premier League table and 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC in the race to secure a place in the Champions League.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as interim manager has prompted a resurgence at Old Trafford following a return of 11 goals in his first three Premier League games in charge.

Manchester United beat Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth to win their opening three Premier League games under Solskjaer and the mood at Old Trafford has seemed to have changed dramatically.

The Red Devils then sealed a 2-0 win at Newcastle United on Wednesday night to continue their strong form and move to within six points of fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

And former Liverpool FC defender Carragher felt that Manchester United’s recent results have proven that the Red Devils were underperforming under Solskjaer’s predecessor.

“I’ve said it all along, but this group was massively under-performing,” Carragher told Sky Sports on Sunday.

“Whether [that’s the fault] of the manager or the players, we always know that’s the end-game for the manager more than the players, whether we like that or not. But this is not a poor group of players.

“I’m not saying this team should be challenging for the title alongside Liverpool and City, but they certainly should be where Spurs and Chelsea are, really pushing inside that top four.”

Manchester United – who take on Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday – finished in second place in the Premier League table last season to secure their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

The Red Devils won the Europa League and the League Cup during Mourinho’s 30-month tenure at Old Trafford but Manchester United were unable to challenge for top trophies.

Manchester United will take on PSG in the Champions League round of 16 next month.

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