Gary Neville believes a select group of players will define Manchester United’s season.
The Red Devils are desperate to get back in contention for the Premier League title after four years of mediocrity.
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Manager Jose Mourinho has been active in the transfer market in a bid to bolster their chances, with Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic arriving at the club this summer.
While Manchester United legend Neville sees a new spine being formed at Old Trafford, he believes success or failure rests on the shoulders of the side’s strikers.
‘I think they’re in a real good position, the squad looks strong and I think how Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Lukaku play will determine what happens,’ Neville told Sky Sports.
He explained: ‘In the last two or three seasons they’ve been defensively okay but not scoring enough goals have hurt United and I think there are goals in the side now.
‘There were so many games at Old Trafford that were 0-0 or 1-1 where they had chances but weren’t clinical enough and I think that’s ultimately the biggest thing that has to change for Manchester United in the league.
Manchester United managed just 54 goals last season, the lowest among the top seven teams and 32 fewer than scored by Tottenham.
17 of those goals were scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is no longer contracted to the club.
£75million arrival Lukaku managed 25 goals for Everton last season, however Rashford scored just five and Martial four.
Despite the pressure on the strikers to deliver, Neville has been impressed with Manchester United’s summer transfer business.
‘Manchester United are looking strong, powerful and more like a Jose Mourinho team.
I think last season there was a movement away from how the team played under Louis van Gaal’s side and I think it will become more of a Mourinho side,’ he said.
‘You can see more of what he has normally done before with Matic and Lukaku coming in, making sure that the spine of the team is really powerful and strong and has that physicality to deal with the Premier League season.
The former England defender believes that while his old side can challenge for the title, Manchester City are the team to beat this season.
‘I said last season that the title will come to Manchester and was badly wrong but I do feel it will be between City and United this time.
‘I do make City favourites in the sense that they were nearer to it last season and they’ve added again, spent a lot of money, and United need to make a huge leap, but Chelsea did it last season to win the title.
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