Giggs uses Chelsea and Liverpool to defend Mourinho

Date published: Sunday 31st December 2017 4:12

Ryan Giggs believes he has the answer to Manchester United’s current struggles.

Jose Mourinho’s side are currently going through their lowest point of the season, having been dumped out of the Carabao Cup at Bristol City, before the failure to beat Leicester, Burnley and Southampton all but killed their Premier League title chances.

Giggs served as assistant boss to Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal and he believes the regular changing of managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired can be blamed for their struggles.

“Jose Mourinho has obviously got a point about Manchester City buying full-backs for £50m and his comment on PSG being able to purchase so much quality in depth,” he told Sky Sports.

“I also think United have struggled with the change of managers over the last few years as you’ve got a mix of players brought in by David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Chelsea and Liverpool are accustomed to that change and it isn’t something United are used to.”

Since taking charge in 2016, Mourinho has signed Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof, while Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata were signed by David Moyes and Van Gaal brought in Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind.

Giggs added: “Ultimately I don’t think United are the team right now that can compete with PSG and Man City. It’s not that they can’t compete financially, but the profile of the players they have are all very different.

“I think United would take second now and have to concentrate on keeping hold of that. You have to hold up your hands and say City have been the best team, so second place and good runs in the FA Cup and Champions League would represent a good campaign.”

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