Cristiano Ronaldo is rejoining Man Utd to further bolster their Premier League title chances but Gary Neville has been keen to manage expectations amid hefty competition
The Red Devils have reached an agreement to bring the Portuguese star back to Old Trafford.
Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have also been signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to build on last season’ second place finish.
Manchester City were crowned champions and remain a lot of people’s favourites.
Chelsea, bolstered by the signing of Romelu Lukaku, have also been tipped to win the top flight.
Neville predicted that his former side would finish third this season earlier this week and has stood by that even with the addition of Ronaldo, a man with five Ballon d’Ors.
“No one can complain at Manchester United about the players they’ve signed this summer,” he said on Sky Sports.
“I made the predictions that it would be Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United – I’m not going to change that because of the signing of Ronaldo.
“I’m going to stick with that because I don’t think the Ronaldo signing makes them a better team than Chelsea, who are the Champions League winners, and Manchester City who were 20 points clear.
“Absolutely it brings them closer to the title, do I think it’ll win them the title – no I don’t.
“But now I am more excited about Manchester United challenging for the title than I was maybe five or six days ago.”
Neville went on to say: “Look it is a short-term measures, there’s no doubt about that, as is Cavani. They can’t get one of these top strikers – the Kanes, the Haalands.
“I think they needed it. They haven’t got a 25-30 goal striker and I think what Cristiano gives you is a guarantee of goals.
“He’ll make the whole place electric for the next few months, absolutely electric. The standards he’ll set in the dressing room, the way he’ll influence the younger players.
“They’ve got one of the greatest football players of all time, who will to every single thing right – on and off the pitch.”
Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford before leaving in 2009 for Real Madrid. In that time he scored 118 goals and won a host of major honours.
United have picked up four points from their two games thus far and face Wolves on Sunday.
Solskjaer is under pressure to deliver a trophy in what is his third full season at the helm.
United’s last piece of silverware came in 2017 under Jose Mourinho – since then the club have fallen short in several semi-finals and last season’s Europa League final.