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Murphy identifies the sole reason why Man United lack points

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Danny Murphy finds out the main reason why Manchester United are in doubt about battling against Manchester City.

According to Danny Murphy, there is a reason why Manchester United are lacking the points needed to compete with the league leaders. Although the Red Devils are in the second spot on the Premier League table, they are 14 points behind Manchester City. And as a matter of fact, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is battling to stay in the top four rather than reaching the summit.

On the other hand, Pep Guardiola’s side has been in excellent form despite a slow start to the new campaign. Moreover, United are finding it difficult to regain pace with just one win in their last five outings. On top of this, Sunday’s Manchester derby will clear the air between the two sides as the Cityzens do not look in any doubt. 

So what is the main reason?

The former Liverpool, Tottenham, and Charlton midfielder Murphy thinks that United are not buying essential players required. He told talkSPORT Drive: “Hypothetically, if United at the start of the season had got Kane and paid £120million, would they be 10-15 points better off? Yes. Would we be talking about Ole being a failure or would we be saying they are competing?”

“One of the big questions always with football clubs, when we talk about Jurgen not signing a centre-half quick enough in January, recruitment now is generally separate. The manager doesn’t dictate what a player comes in, when and for how much. They are part of the process. But the recruitment at Manchester United, how much is he involved, are his hands tied for the players he wants. Are the funds there because of COVID? I’m sure they are because United is a billion-pound club.”

“Recruitment is ultimately the problem.”

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