Manchester United and Arsenal both need major surgery this summer to have any chance to staying in the Premier League’s top-six, claims Harry Redknapp.
The former Tottenham boss has told talkSPORT United are ‘miles behind’, the Gunners are defensively weak and predicts both sides will struggle this season.
In their place, Redknapp believes Wolves and Everton [who finished seventh and eighth last season, respectively] will challenge for a European place, as well as former club West Ham, who have already strengthened with the addition of Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals and have also been linked with a deal for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez.
United are said to be close to the £50m signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Arsenal reportedly only have around £40m to play with this summer.
And Redknapp believes it could be a bleak year for the struggling giants.
“I think next season we might see one of the big six dropping out,” he told Ally McCoist and Laura Woods on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast.
“I’m not sure how strong Arsenal are defensively and, unless they bring some players in, I don’t see where they’re going to be next year,
“I honestly think Manchester United are the same.
“Wan-Bissaka has a big future, but I think they need four, five, maybe even six players. I think they’re miles away.
“Man United need to bring in good players to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to be successful and, looking at it at the moment, I wouldn’t see them making the top four.
“They need to restructure that team, there’s an awful lot of work that needs to be done there to get them challenging for the title again.
“Someone might creep into that top six next year, it would make a good change, wouldn’t it?
“I think maybe Everton, they finished strongly last year, and West Ham will be closer this year. West Ham have made a couple of good signings and they could be a team that could certainly get closer.
“Even Wolves, they had a great season, they’ve got some fantastic players and they could be one of the teams getting in there.”