Rio Ferdinand has wrote off Manchester United as a top two prospect this new season.
The former United defender also has cast doubt over manager Jose Mourinho’s long-term future at Old Trafford.
“There seems to be a lot of negativity around United at the moment, and that doesn’t bode well,” Ferdinand said.
“The manager is obviously not happy about the signings he hasn’t been able to make and not having certain players available on their pre-season tour, which isn’t nice to hear if you are a young kid trying to make your mark on the fringes of the squad. He seems to have put a nail in that coffin with the way he has spoken.
“Then there has been the saga of Anthony Martial going home from the tour in America and not coming back.
“In the meantime, Manchester City look stronger than ever and Liverpool have improved again.
“I’m a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it’s going to be very difficult for that to happen this season.
“I can’t see past City and Liverpool as the top two and to say that about the two clubs who wouldn’t be top of any United fan’s Christmas card list is horrendous.”