Learning from previous mistakes?
When you consider it’s only two years since Manchester United were last in the Europa League, you can’t say the club has learned from the mistakes that got them there in the first place.
The club is very unstable at the moment and it’s going to take a number of years of hard work to get back anywhere near the top.
One mistake made by the club before is offering players big deals before they turn 18, such as Federico Macheda and Adnan Januzaj did after breaking onto the scene.
The Sun suggest United are set to wait until Mason Greenwood turns 18 before they offer him a new long-term contract at the club.
According to the report, Greenwood currently earns £50,000-a-year and is expected to play a greater role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season.
But United will hold off on offering fresh terms until they see how he does on pre-season.
The club is understandably wary after offering Macheda and Januzaj £50,000-a-week deals after their introductions to the first-team. Neither player went on to make it at United – but have since gone on to form careers elsewhere.
A source is quoted by The Sun, saying: “We are going to offload them down the line once they realised the duo were not good enough to play for United.
“We want to send a clear message after some previous mistakes. Contracts were handed out and then progress failed and it was a difficult situation.
“The club want to keep his feet on the ground and focused. We’ll look at it again soon but we have big hopes for this kid.”
Greenwood became the youngest ever Premier League player to make a full competitive debut for the Reds last Sunday, in the 2-0 defeat at home to Cardiff City.