ESPN include Manchester United in their Premier League relegation contenders list


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ESPN have included Manchester United in a list of Premier League relegation contenders.

The Red Devils are just two points above the drop zone after losing three of their opening eight games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs to halt Manchester United’s slide down the table

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs to halt Manchester United’s slide down the table

ESPN have current bottom three Watford, Norwich and Everton as candidates for the drop, while Brighton, Sheffield United, Newcastle, Southampton, Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Manchester United are in the mix.

Pundit Alejandro Moreno said: “They are all in a relegation battle, including Manchester United.

“Yes, it’s eight games [in], but from what we’ve seen from these teams, as early as it is, there are reasons to worry for all of them, again, including Manchester United.

“I think the talent level will pick up just enough for Manchester United to finish in a mid-table position, not much better than that.”

Manchester United were last relegated from England’s top-flight in 1974.

And Sam Allardyce, who has earned a reputation of rescuing clubs from Premier League relegation during his managerial career, believes it is possible United could be playing Championship football next season.

He told talkSPORT: “They went down with a terrific team on paper, so it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could catastrophically fall into more problems if confidence goes and injuries stay like they are.

“Players tend not to get as fit as quickly as they would do when things are going well, that’s an absolute fact.

“There’s the disturbance of [Paul] Pogba wanting away and who will pop up next saying, ‘I see this going the wrong way, I want to leave’?

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“Manchester United do not have enough goals and you can see it becoming a struggle. Hopefully it’s not a struggle down the bottom end, but they’re certainly heading that way.

“Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] has got a big job, I know they say it’s a rebuilding time and it is a rebuilding time, but you can’t get rid of your best goalscorer in the squad and not replace him. That’s a huge problem.

“Where are they going to get the top striker that they want?”

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