Paul Ince very rarely has something good to say about Manchester United.
In fact, he’s usually very bitter when talking about his former club.
Although Ince was a great player for United between 1989-1995, fans will never see eye-to-eye with the former England midfielder because of his 1997 transfer from Inter Milan to Liverpool.
Ince, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes, shares his opinion that teams are no longer afraid of United.
“I’ve always spoke about United, about their style of football, the way they’re playing, the manager. I just feel that this is something that’s been going on for a while. They’ve been inconsistent for a while now – even before Ole took over. Then they went on that great run and he got the job. It was hard not to give him the job after that run. I do think the board panicked though. All the fans were singing his name, ordering the club to give him the job and they did. I think they should’ve waited until the end of the season. Let him have it as interim manager until the end of the season then see who’s out there, who the best man is for the job. I’m not saying Ole’s not the best man for the job, and getting that team last season into fourth place was a great achievement. But I look at United now compared to when I played…
“We had a presence. Teams were frightened of us. We already had teams beat before we walked out onto the pitch. Whether it was home or away, teams were frightened of Manchester United. I don’t see that now. Teams look at them and think they can take points from the game. We saw it against Arsenal, where United were woeful. We’ve seen Crystal Palace do it. Something’s not quite right.
“I still think United finish in the top six this season. It’s that inconsistency that’s the problem. You look at the way they played against PSG and you think they should absolutely be in the top four. But you look at how they played against Arsenal and think they’d be lucky to finish in the top six! That’s the way it is at Manchester United at the minute. A lot of things aren’t clicking at this moment in time but there’s still a long way to go this season and I think United can expect to be right up there at the end of the campaign.”