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tough task Ireland legend admits Manchester United are 'miles behind' Premier League's big three

Sunday World columnist McGrath has suggested Rangnick faces a huge task to breach the gap that has opened up between United and England's best.

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Ralf Rangnick takes charge of Manchester United this weekend. Photo: Reuters

Ralf Rangnick takes charge of Manchester United this weekend. Photo: Reuters

Ralf Rangnick takes charge of Manchester United this weekend. Photo: Reuters

Ralf Rangnick is set to take charge of Manchester United for the first time on Sunday and in the opinion of Old Trafford great Paul McGrath, he is facing one of the toughest tasks in football.

Sunday World columnist McGrath has suggested Rangnick faces a huge task to breach the gap that has opened up between United and the three best teams in the Premier League.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are playing some scintillating football at the top of the table, with McGrath telling sundayworld.com that they may be three of the best teams we have seen in the English game.

"Not only are Chelsea, City and Liverpool fantastic teams, they are also hard to dislike," he says.

"As a United man, I want Liverpool and City to lose, but how can you not enjoy watching those two sides.

"Also, you have to say their managers are wonderful for the game. They have such a great philosophy on football and when you turn on your TV to watch them, Liverpool and City rarely disappoint.

"Chelsea are also such a strong team and that's why Rangnick has such a tough task to get United back in the mix with those sides.

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Paul McGrath is settled in Wexford. Photo by Owen Breslin

Paul McGrath is settled in Wexford. Photo by Owen Breslin

Paul McGrath is settled in Wexford. Photo by Owen Breslin

"It's okay saying he wants to steady the ship at United, but you need to do more than that to compete with these three teams. They are some of the best we have seen in English football.

"There is a chance to get fourth place, but United need more than that. They have to win trophies every season at that club. Rangnick will know that, but it's tough when the competition is so strong. At the moment, United are miles behind."

Read Paul McGrath's verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo's latest goal scoring milestone and where he stands in the list of the game's all-time great in this weekend's Sunday World.

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