Mark Hughes has questioned whether some of Manchester United’s new signings have what it takes to turn the club’s season around.
United have faced some heavy criticism, and their manager Louis van Gaal is under considerable pressure, after a poor run of results and longer spell of uninspiring performances.
Former United forward Hughes, whose Stoke side take on Van Gaal’s men in the Boxing Day lunchtime kick-off at the Britannia Stadium, was quoted in a number of national newspapers as saying: “I don’t know what it’s like there now. I’ve not been in that tunnel with them.
“I don’t know what it’s like there now. I’ve not been in that tunnel with them,” Hughes said.
“But there was always an expectation that we were going to win. We didn’t hope to win. We expected to win, no matter who we went up against.
“I don’t know if that’s their mentality at the moment. I suspect most of them have that. But if you’re new to the club and you’re trying to find your feet, and there’s a period of transition for you as a player, and there’s a new group at a big club, then maybe some of them haven’t quite got it.”