Jose Mourinho has “lost” his Manchester United players and “the wheels have come off,” according to Martin Keown.
United drew their third consecutive Premier League game on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 stalemate against Southampton.
They have now slipped to third in the table, and will be 17 points behind Manchester City if the runaway leaders win their game in hand.
Keown feels that there was no “fight from the players” in their latest setback.
“I think he’s lost the players. I didn’t sense any fight from the players,” he told BT Sport.
“There’s work to do with these players to get back on board. There doesn’t seem to be the harmony here that I would have seen at the start of the season.
“It’s going to be five years now that Manchester United have not been champions, and it’s unthinkable in the Alex Ferguson era to see where the club has now fallen to.
“OK, it’s a former Arsenal player having a pop at Manchester United but you don’t come into Manchester United and get away with that. I can’t believe today, a tepid performance.
“I expected much more from Manchester United today, at least to get three points in the bag. They’ve been professional to this point in the season and now the wheels have come off.
“The top four is not a given for them, it’s going to be very difficult with City running away with it, but I’d be very interested to see where he goes with this one because he seems to have lost the players today.”