Friday 26 May 2017

Graeme Souness: This is the worst Man United team in 25 years

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini looks dejected against Wolfsburg.
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini looks dejected against Wolfsburg.
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind look dejected against Wolfsburg
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Graeme Souness believes the current crop is the poorest Manchester United team in 25 years following their Champions League exit at the group stages.

Louis van Gaal’s side were eliminated following the 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg, coupled with PSV Eindhoven’s 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow.

Pressure will mount on Van Gaal following a series of underwhelming performances this season and speaking on TV3’s Champions League coverage, Souness said United have been disappointing all season.

“Man United are a very ordinary team who couldn't get out of an ordinary group,” he said before stating it was a shadow of any United side over the last quarter of a century.

Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind look dejected against Wolfsburg
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind look dejected against Wolfsburg

He also suggested that the presence of Maroane Fellaini merely emphasised his point.

“Felliani wouldn't get into any United midfield over last 25 years."

Defensively United were again found wanting with full-back Guillermo Olivera making his first start for the club.

“United, at times in the first half, were all over the place," he said.

“They were vulnerable throughout and this was not a good Wolfsburg team. They will get walloped against some of the big teams. Too many Man United players have not turned up in the big games.”

The former Liverpool midfielder also questioned the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger and his role in the United team.

Souness told viewers he believed that if the experienced German international was still  the gifted player he undoubtedly was, Bayern Munich would not have let him go in the summer.

“I don’t see him being any better than Carrick,” he said. “For a midfield player he has too many touches of the ball. He plays too deep. He hasn’t got the legs.

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