Nigel Winterburn explains why Man Utd will finish behind Man City, Liverpool & Chelsea in Premier League

Ali Shibil Roshan
Winterburn doesn't see Man Utd finishing in the top three this season
Winterburn doesn't see Man Utd finishing in the top three this season / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Former Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn believes Manchester United will 'come up short' in the Premier League this season, and has explained why he thinks the Red Devils will finish the campaign behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Expectations have soared at Man Utd this season after a summer in which they landed Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo. But, despite the high-profile arrivals, the Old Trafford-outfit have struggled of late, and currently sit fourth in the Premier League table.

Winterburn believes Man Utd will 'come up short' in the league this season, while Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea 'consistently dig out results'.

"They’re a bit slack when they lose the ball and make it too easy for the opposition,’ Winterburn told Paddy Power [via Metro].

"That’s something a manager must instil in a team and Manchester United must improve the dirty side of their game.

"It’ll be interesting to see if Ole can get this group of players doing that moving forward..

"Ole knows that if he doesn’t win every game, people will say he hasn’t got enough experience and that a different manager would, but we don’t necessarily know that.

"Winning the league is not a forgone conclusion anymore like it used to be under Sir Alex.

"Manchester United were winning at home, so the Everton result has to be considered as dropped points.

"If they’re going to be considered as a title challenging side, this can’t continually happen, or they’re going to come up short.  

"I think they’ll come up short anyway. The other three top teams will consistently dig out results when they need to."