Manchester United are a ‘regressed’, ‘under-excited’ and downright ‘poor’ side who have no chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season.
That’s according to Simon Jordan, who produced a rigorous assessment of Ralf Rangnick’s struggling side on talkSPORT after their latest dismal display.
The Red Devils have endured a miserable season and are nowhere near challenging Man City or Liverpool for top honours.
A 1-1 draw with Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday epitomized the campaign for the 20-time league champions so far.
In fact, they were also lucky to come away with a point after VAR ruled out a late winner for the Foxes.
This season has been weak after weak, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked in November and the club eliminated from every tournament in March, which now means they have gone five years without silverware.
While a Champions League place is by no means a tall order – the Red Devils currently sit seventh in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham – the form they are showing doesn’t do much. to suggest they can secure a place in Europe’s premier competition.
Ralf Rangnick is the most criticised, as much as an interim boss can get, but Jordan believes their problems come down to the players, who he says are “mentally light”.
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The former Crystal Palace owner told White and Jordan: “Bad managers for three years – you allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to run the football club for three years which is almost laughable.
“Before that you had Jose Mourinho, and Mourinho won you things, but the culture of Mourinho attracts a certain reputation and a certain rapport, and because he decided to go very dark, you walked away from it and you left three years of attrition.
“And in those three years, the other two clubs you’re supposed to be chasing, Liverpool and Man City, have continued to develop and you’ve regressed, so the gap has widened.
“United players are mentally light, over-rewarded, over-recognized and not over-performing.”
By “over-rewarded”, Jordan was referring to Bruno Fernandes, who recently signed a new long-term contract extension to double his salary at Old Trafford, despite criticism over his poor form this term.
“They’re not a very good team, are they?
“And of course we can make the point that Gary Neville made about the lack of coaching.
“I really thought Rangnick would come and wake up a few of these players, because they need to wake up.
“But he didn’t and I think he added to the state of flux that exists at this football club that nobody really knows where they are going, what they should and shouldn’t be doing, and people are allowed to walk out with low level performance.
“It’s an under-excited, under-motivated football team going through the rest of the season.
“And I had really wanted to make a case, to back up my own case of the idea that they would finish fourth, but I don’t see a parallel universe where they’re going to finish fourth.
“They are a poor, poor side.
“They don’t have anything about them, they’re easy to get up against, they don’t have any particular energy or zest or movement off the ball.
“I watched them against Leicester, they’re just a very average team with a splash of very well paid footballers who on paper have a great reputation but when it comes to being on the pitch they fall far short. to be there.
“And there’s going to have to be a massive change in direction and the culture of the players they bring in.
“The DNA of these players is the fabric of what a good player really looks like in real life rather than what a good player looks like on the piece of paper you’re studying, what he once did.
“United have a big step change.”
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