Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has predicted a challenging campaign for Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils in 2023/24.
The Wrexham goalkeeper spoke to The United Stand to make his predictions for the upcoming season.
Foster, 40, played for United between 2005 and 2010 and featured against United’s under-21 side in pre-season earlier this summer.
Ben Foster predicts Manchester United finishing position
Ben Foster believes Manchester United face a battle to finish in the top four, due to the strength of the Premier League chasing pack.
He described City as being ‘100 per cent to finish in the top four’ and Arsenal at ’90 per cent’ and the grouped everybody else together from Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle, Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Brighton to be competing behind them.
Foster added: “I think it’s going to be really tough. I think fourth, I think they are going to nick fourth. That’s a good season you know, I’m not joking.
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“I’ll go for a top four finish, if they got Harry Kane they would finish second.”
He added that while he likes new signing Rasmus Hojlund, he doesn’t feel he moves the needle much, this early in his career.
Foster said: “It sounds bad because £60 million is a lot of money but it’s the cheap option. I hope he hits the ground running I really do.”
He added that he believes Marcus Rashford will finish as top scorer this season, and projects a run to the Champions League knockout stages.
United need a quick start
Manchester United’s away form was not good enough last season, losing away at almost every other top side, only managing a draw away at Tottenham.
Fixing this poor away form must be a priority and United have two away games against Tottenham and Arsenal in the first four matches.
Getting results in these games will make a major statement early. Lose both, and Foster may be right, that United could be in a real battle just to make the top four.