Gary Neville believes Manchester United will reverse their fortunes to win the Premier League again before rivals Liverpool.
The Red Devils are historically the most successful domestic English club having claimed 20 top-flight titles, but the last of those triumphs came back in 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Liverpool’s own title drought now stands at 29 years, though they have twice come desperately close in the last five years, only to be pipped to glory by Manchester City on both occasions.
Jurgen Klopp’s reigning European champions look well-placed to mount another charge this season, yet Neville believes they will be significantly hindered by the potential loss of star forward Mohamed Salah over the next year and remains confident that United can restore past glories.
“They’ll [United] get a great manager, hopefully that’s Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], and they will start to win again,” he told Sky Sports.
“That’s going to happen. I can guarantee you as clear as day, Manchester United will win again.
“They will win again, no problem, they will win the league. They will probably win the league before Liverpool, in my opinion.
“And that’s not being disrespectful… they will probably win the league before Liverpool.
“I think they will win the league before Liverpool. They are closer than you think and it’s not as bad as you think, that’s always the way it is.
“And Liverpool… Salah’s going to leave in the next 12 months, I can see it already. Salah will leave, he will, I’ll absolutely guarantee you. I can see it, you can feel it, you can smell it…”