Neville: Man United can ‘convert 90%’ of draws into wins

Date published: Thursday 29th June 2017 11:05

Phil Neville hopes Manchester United can “convert maybe 90 per cent” of their home Premier League draws from last season into wins.

United endured something of a mixed season, claiming the Europa League crown to go with their EFL Cup, but they finished sixth in the Premier League.

Many tipped the club for a title push, but they finished 24 points adrift of champions Chelsea.

They drew a hilarious 15 games – more than any side – including ten at Old Trafford, but Neville reckons that they can “convert 90 per cent of those into wins”.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Gary’s brother told MUTV. “I think it was a brilliant season last year and it finished well with the Europa League.

“Now we’re looking to see who Jose signs because, if you look at the top six clubs, I think they will all strengthen. United have to strengthen and it’ll be interesting to see which team strengthens the most.

“Now, every time I pick up a paper, another player is linked with United but I’m sure Jose will bring success, like he did last season, and ultimately, hopefully, bring the title back to Manchester.

“If you look at the drawn games at Old Trafford last season and convert maybe 90 per cent of those into wins, then United would have been challenging for the title. If they can do that this year, then I think the title will come back to Manchester.

“I’m optimistic,” Neville continued. “United are heading in the right direction and the confidence the manager and his squad got from winning the EFL Cup and Europa League can be taken into the Champions League and the league next year.

“It’s going to be a difficult season, as everyone else is spending money and improving. United are going to have to improve as well because they didn’t finish in the top four last season. Even that is a big ask, but I think Jose will want to win the Premier League. That’s the big one. He won’t settle for anything less.”

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