Edwin van der Sar admits Manchester United are facing an ‘uphill battle’ already this season.
The Red Devils have lost two of their opening three matches, with huge scrutiny now on the relationship between Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Former United keeper Van der Sar, who is now Ajax CEO, reckons a tough season is ahead.
“Last year, there was a very big gap [to Manchester City] and this year they’ve started badly, losing two of their first three games,” said Van der Sar at the Champions League draw.
“It will be an uphill battle. You have so many strong teams in the Premier League.
“It is going to be difficult this year.”