Graeme Souness believes Manchester United’s reliance on three young players shows how far they have fallen.
United beat Everton 1-0 on Sunday to boost their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League.
Louis van Gaal’s side are now fifth, just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, and five behind Arsenal in third.
But United were underwhelming in their victory over Everton, and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Sounness believes the club rely too much on Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and goalscorer Anthony Martial.
“They weren’t convincing and it wasn’t particularly enjoyable for nearly 70,000 people here,” he said. “This is Man United relying on a 23-year-old Lingard, a 20-year-old Martial and an 18-year-old Rashford.
“This is Man United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, and that’s who they are asking time and time again to get them out of a hole.
“Martial is Man United’s top goalscorer with eight goals. This is one of the top four teams in the world and they are relying on someone to get well into double figures.
“We are talking about a 20-year-old scoring eight goals as their top goalscorer. That’s how far they have come back. They have got to get three or four proper ones in at the end of the season.”