Manchester United struggled to get over the line against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night as a Raphael Varane header was the difference between the two sides.
The performance itself certainly didn’t fill United fans with confidence as they were bulldozed at times by Wolves, who recently sacked Julen Lopetegui and replaced the Spaniard with Gary O’Neill.
United struggled to show why they should be considered title challengers or at least being there or thereabouts.
Erik ten Hag’s side, who looked decent in pre-season, have long been predicted to finish in the top four but TalkSport’s Gabby Agbonlahor doesn’t agree with that sentiment.
‘I think they’ll struggle’
Speaking on the TalkSport Breakfast Show with Alan Brazil, the former Aston Villa striker doesn’t believe, based on the opening game of the season, that United will finish in the much coveted UEFA Champions League spots.
“I think based on those first game-week performances, I don’t see Liverpool or Man United in that top four,” Agbonlahor said.
United and Liverpool struggled at times, the Anfield side were held to a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and United, as mentioned, crawled over the line in a 1-0 win.
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Agbonlahor is wrong
It’s not entirely unusual to say that the former Villa striker has had a few questionable opinions in his time at the Radio station and this is right up there.
To judge United, who traditionally start the season slowly, after one game is harsh. To get a win from the position United were in can only be seen as a positive.
United looked leggy and not entirely fit during their first game of the season but the Old Trafford club can only look better from here.
After signing three new players, these players will need time to gel and United, after a packed pre-season schedule, will certainly need time to get in their groove.