Owen Hargreaves believes the current group of Manchester United players aren’t good enough to finish higher than fifth in the Premier League.
Well, if Hargreaves said it, we may as well take it as fact and give up trying…
The former United midfielder is really just hitting out at the club’s recruitment and how certain players were never replaced after leaving over the past year.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led his side to a 6-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday — but our Premier League form is still causing concerns due to a lack of consistency.
The Red Devils have lost three of their last four matches, including a 2-0 defeat at home to Burnley, and it’s incredible to see we are just four points ahead of 14th-placed Newcastle United despite sitting fifth.
An addition or two in the transfer window would go a long way towards helping Solskjaer achieving a Champions League spot this season, but time is running out and it looks like we’ll be lucky to get one deal over the line.
Hargreaves was part of the punditry panel for United’s trip to Tranmere.
“He desperately needs help,” he told BT Sport (via Manchester Evening News).
“If you think, [Ander] Herrere left, [Marouane] Fellaini left, in midfield, they are really light.
“Then [Romelu] Lukaku leaves, [Alexis] Sanchez leaves, they don’t have any help up top.
“[Marcus] Rashford then gets injured, [Paul] Pogba hasn’t played. [Scott] McTominay, one of their best players this season, hasn’t played.
“The recruitment wasn’t there to back Ole up and then injuries to key players.
“To be fifth with this squad, I think right now is as good as it can possibly get.
“There are only four points separating fifth and 14th. I don’t think it’s going to more up, it’s more likely to go down and that’s the big worry.”
Who’s to blame at Manchester United?
The Glazers have ruined our club and need to be removed before we can dream of competing again. Ed Woodward is at fault for the shocking recruitment we’ve witnessed in recent years and he should be nowhere near football decisions at the club. He’s a businessman, that’s about it.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a shield for blame. No manager will bring success under the current regime. Don’t give the Glazers, Woodward or their PR team what they want.