England legend Gary Lineker believes that Manchester United will not be able to win the Champions League this season, according to reports from the Mirror.
United were out of Europe’s top tier competition last term for the first time in decades, but Louis van Gaal’s men secured a fourth place finish and beat Club Brugge to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
However, Lineker does not think that the Red Devils will be challenging for the European title as the team are currently in a transitional period.
Prompted on the chances of Man United captain Wayne Rooney winning the Champions League to add to his 50 England goals, Lineker replied: “Not great, I wouldn’t have thought!
“Manchester United are in a big transition period. I think their fans might have to be patient for a while.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur striker also added that it is United’s noisy neighbours Manchester City that have the biggest shot of an English side winning the Champions League this term, as their manager Manuel Pellegrini has figured out the best system for his squad.
“City have got to prove themselves in Europe because so far they have struggled. But they have started really well, and Manuel Pellegrini seems to have worked out the best way for them to play.
“Most of us have been screaming that you can’t play with two wingers, and two up top, against the good teams. He seems to have worked that out and they look a much better team for it.
“And don’t rule Chelsea out just yet. They have obviously made a very slow start, but I’m sure they will recover.
“Arsenal? I think they will finish in the top three in the Premier League, and they are not far off in Europe, are they?
“They are probably just a great goalscorer short and a little bit more strength defensively.
“They keep qualifying, and I’ve no doubt they will get to the last 16 again – then we’ll see how they go.”