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Just what is wrong with the current crop of Manchester United players?


This week we’ve seen some unbelievable performances on the football pitch. We’ve seen Vincent Kompany step up when a captain was needed, we’ve seen Liverpool humiliate Barcelona in stunning fashion and we’ve seen Spurs do something completely un-Spursy.

Even Chelsea and Arsenal did the business in Europe.

We’ve also seen Manchester United sum up their entire season with an atrocious performance at Huddersfield. And what can we expect in Sunday’s final league game of the season at home to Cardiff?

More of the same probably. Which begs the question, what’s wrong with this current crop of United players?

For many of us it comes down to two things: they’re overpaid and underperforming.

Alexis Sanchez got a rare start at Huddersfield and there’s no player that quite embodies those two words as much as the Chilean ‘superstar’.

But for me, it runs a lot deeper than a lack of form and a struggle to hit the heights we associate with players of this calibre.

What United don’t do is run, work hard and cover the spaces for their team mates. This was massively evident at Huddersfield, but it’s something that’s been bubbling for weeks.

Everything they showed in that famous away win in Paris is the complete opposite of the current values associated with this team.  How long ago does that night feel now?

And what United haven’t seemed to be able to do since Fergie retired is move off the ball.

We blame our midfielders and defenders for the sideways pass, but no one in front of them is making any runs.

Hiding behind the opposition was once the speciality of Tom Cleverly in amongst a team of proper footballers, but players like Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have made it a special art and taken it to the next level.

City’s game on Monday night, showed a key difference between the two sides (there are too many to count at this point).

Kompany’s goal came from City doing something they don’t normally do – pass it sideways.

Every time a City player could have laid it off to the big Belgian, they chose to pass forward instead of across. That’s why he had so much space when they did finally do it.

Clever, eh? United just do it every time.

The young lads growing up watching United now won’t know any different, which is a pretty sad thought – unless Ole can do something to rouse this particular rabble of spare parts, underperforming primadonnas and generally not very likeable bunch of footballers.

Clearly, restructuring is needed, but it won’t happen overnight, which means we’re stuck with most of the squad until next season. But who do we actually want to see wearing a red shirt come August?

For me Victor Lindelöf has been hands down our player of the season, regardless of Luke Shaw taking both prizes on Thursday night.

Marcus Rashford still has it in him to become a United hero and I think Jesse Lingard is the right kind of squad player.

I simply can’t criticise David de Gea. Yes, yes he’s made mistakes of late, but no one has done more for the club in recent years. If it was up to me, de Gea stays and should be given whatever money he wants.

Scott McTominay deserves an honourable mention too.

But that’s it.

The rest should be shipped out and replaced with the right players with the right attitude and mentality to be a Manchester United player.

I honestly don’t believe the manager is the problem. I might be going back on my own sentiments from earlier in the season when I was all about getting Jose out, but looking back I don’t think Jose was to blame.

The players didn’t want him and they stopped trying. It looks like they’ve forgotten how to try for Ole now too. It feels like there’s a poisonous presence in our club. We all thought it was Jose, but now I know where my finger is pointing.

I can’t wait for the season to be over. It feels like there hasn’t been a worse time to be a United fan in a very long time.

Now there’s another depressing thought for you.

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