The Red Devils legend believes his former club are close to some real contenders (Picture: Sky Sports)

Gary Neville believes that after the 0-0 draw against defending champion Liverpool, Manchester United are still not a real contender for the title.

The Red Devils retained first place in the Premier League on Sunday, although they left Anfield a little disappointed after missing their two biggest chances of the match.

Despite a promising match, Neville felt Liverpool were in the right place and United were still missing two key players who would allow them to go to places like Anfield and take the three points.

United retained the lead in the standings, but could have secured an important victory (Photo: Getty)

I’m watching this game and wondering how to go from [competitor] to winner. It’s one thing if Manchester United try a little harder on the pitch to get more into the game, he said on Gary Neville’s podcast.

If you look at Liverpool, even with Fabinho and [Jordan] Henderson, they are good on the pitch, they play in the middle. If you look at Manchester United, they play just a little bit deeper.

And I think when they come here and play at 10 yards – maybe in a couple of years or next season, maybe when they have another central midfielder who can give them that confidence – you’ll see how they do.

The other thing is, the right side shows …. Well, he doesn’t seem to, that’s the problem. I don’t doubt it. Juan Mata played him, James played him, Pogba played him, Rashford played him, Van de Beek played him, Greenwood played him.

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I think of six players, and I probably overlooked a few who played the position and none of them made it.

And we know that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted the position on the right in the summer, he didn’t get it, and that just creates a small problem. Because I think if there was a right-back in this team today, with Rashford and Martial – and maybe Greenwood could be the man, but he’s not quite there yet – that, I think, might make the difference.

United insisted on contracting Jadon Sancho from Dortmund last summer (Photo: Getty)

So, a defender on the inside to lift them for another 10 yards and maybe a right winger. It remains to be seen if the outposts are good enough, but for now these are the two positions I would focus on the most.

And we know Liverpool’s problems were the goalkeepers and central defenders, and they had Alisson and Van Dijk. Manchester United just need a bit of confidence, a few more players, and they won’t be as far off as they seem if Liverpool and Manchester City stay at that level and don’t get back to that 100 points – a level that has been incredible all season.

MORE: Gary Neville: Manchester United’s hopes of Premier League title rest on Paul Pogba

MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why he eliminated Bruno Fernandez in Manchester United’s draw with Liverpool.

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