ROY KEANE doesn't believe Manchester United are ready to compete with bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool for titles.
The Red Devils hero gave a brutal assessment of his former team before the new season has even started.
Erik ten Hag has a huge task after United posted their lowest ever Premier League points tally last season – 35 off champions City.
And Keane doesn't believe the Red Devils are ready to reach the lofty heights of City and Liverpool just yet, but reckons it was a "good thing" so many players departed over the summer.
When asked about the upcoming season he told SkyBet, via MEN: "Where do you want to start?
"The manager will no doubt be given money to spend, the recruits, four or five experienced players have left the club but I think that was a good thing.
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"But I still don’t see United competing with Liverpool and Man City, not just yet."
United released ELEVEN players at the end of June – including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata.
While Keane has praised United for shifting the dead wood, Tyrell Malacia remains the only arrival so far under Ten Hag.
Although his prediction that the new gaffer will be backed in the transfer window does appear to be coming true.
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The Red Devils are understood to be on the verge of completing a £46million deal to sign Lisandro Martinez after a breakthrough in negotiations with Ajax.
Christian Eriksen has also verbally agreed to join the club.
Elsewhere United and Barcelona have agreed a £56m fee for Frenkie de Jong.
But there is a major sticking point over backdated wages at Barcelona that is throwing a major spanner in the works.
Nevertheless United are reportedly hoping to get the deal over the line before the weekend.
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