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“There is no parallel universe where Manchester United finishes fourth”

Manchester United are a “regressed”, “underexcited” and just plain “poor” team with no chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

So says Simon Jordan, who gave a stern assessment of Ralf Rangnick’s struggling side after their recent dismal performance on talkSPORT.

Manchester United finished runners-up last season but, despite a heavy spending summer, look far from in contention for the Premier League title

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Manchester United finished runners-up last season but, despite a heavy spending summer, look far from in contention for the Premier League title

The Red Devils have endured a miserable season and appear far from challenging the likes of Man City or Liverpool for big wins.

A 1-1 draw with Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday epitomized the campaign the 20-time league champions have been on to date.

In fact, they were also lucky to walk away with a point after VAR ruled out a late winner for the Foxes.

This season has been one low after another, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November and the club were eliminated from every tournament up until March, meaning they have now gone five years without silverware.

While a place in the Champions League is by no means a major challenge – the Red Devils are currently seventh in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham – their form does not suggest they can secure a place in Europe’s premier club.

Ralf Rangnick takes the brunt of the criticism as much as an interim manager can, but Jordan believes their problems stem from the players he says are “mentally lightweight”.


Manchester United finished runners-up last season but are nowhere near ready to challenge for the Premier League title

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Manchester United finished runners-up last season but are nowhere near ready to challenge for the Premier League title

It was a tough afternoon for Man United as they failed to inspire their fans again

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It was a tough afternoon for Man United as they failed to inspire their fans again

The former Crystal Palace owner told White and Jordan: “Poor managers for three years – you allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to run the football club for three years which is almost ridiculous.

“Before that you had Jose Mourinho with you and Mourinho brought you things, but Mourinho’s culture attracts a certain reputation and a certain relationship and because he chose to go very dark you deviated from that and you have three years wear behind you.

“And in those three years the other two clubs you’re said to be following, Liverpool and Man City, have evolved and you’ve declined so the gap has widened.

“United players are mentally lightweight, they’re over-rewarded, over-rated and don’t outperform.”

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 of his poor form this season.

United haven't held a trophy in their hands since Mourinho's spell

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United haven’t held a trophy in their hands since Mourinho’s spell

“They’re not a very good team, are they?

“And of course we can argue like Gary Neville did about the lack of coaching.

“I really thought Rangnick would come in and wake up a couple of these players because they need to be woken up.

“But he hasn’t, and I think he’s contributed to the state of change that exists at this football club, that nobody knows exactly where they’re going, what they should and shouldn’t be doing and people are being allowed to come away with low performance.

“They’re an underexcited, undermotivated football team that’s going to roll over the rest of the season.

Rangnick didn't have the impact United's hierarchy had hoped for

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Rangnick didn’t have the impact United’s hierarchy had hoped for

“And I really wanted to make arguments to support my own claim that they would finish fourth, but I can’t think of a parallel universe where they finish fourth.

“They are a poor, poor crew.

“There’s nothing about them, they’re easy to play, they don’t have any particular energy or enthusiasm or movement off the ball.

“I’ve seen them against Leicester, they’re just a very average side with a bunch of highly paid footballers who have a great reputation on paper but when it comes to being on the pitch they’re far from it.

Man United have won just one of their last six in all competitions, and that's purely because of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick

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Man United have won just one of their last six in all competitions, and that’s purely because of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick

“And there’s going to have to be a massive shift in direction and culture from the players who recruit them.

“These players’ DNA fits more into what a good player looks like in real life than what a good player looks like on the piece of paper you’re studying like they once did.

“United are having a major upheaval.”

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