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Improved Manchester United can challenge for title next season

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Jose Mourinho's Manchester United have shown improvement in the past two seasons but will need further strengthening in the transfer window to challenge for the Premier League title, former defender Wes Brown said on Friday.

Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 and won the League Cup to become the first manager in United's history to claim major silverware in his debut season at the club.

A Europa League title followed in Stockholm last May but the team have failed to deliver the attacking football that fans have craved since Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013.

United were criticised by fans and the media for their defensive style after their exit from the last-16 of the Champions League this season. However, Brown said Mourinho's side have delivered results in the domestic league and FA Cup.

United sit second in the standings, 16 points behind champions City, and are guaranteed a better finish than last season's sixth place.

However, with City breaking new ground en route to their first league title under manager Pep Guardiola, Brown believes United will have to bridge the gap with smart purchases in the next transfer window.

Brown, who made 23 appearances for England, believes that Gareth Southgate's World Cup-bound squad could benefit from low expectations from supporters ahead of the June-July tournament in Russia.

England crashed out of the last World Cup in Brazil at the group stage and suffered a humiliating defeat by lower-ranked Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016.

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