Owen Hargreaves believes the current group of Manchester United players aren’t good enough to finish higher than fifth in the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided his side to a 6-0 victory on the road at Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday – but it’s their Premier League form that is causing concerns.
Man Utd have lost three of their last four matches, including a 2-0 defeat at home to Burnley last Wednesday, with the Red Devils sitting fifth in the Premier League table – but only four points off 14th-placed Newcastle United.
“He desperately needs help,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
“If you think, [Ander] Herrera left, [Marouane] Fellaini left, in midfield, they are really light.
“Then [Romelu] Lukaku leaves, [Alexis] Sanchez leaves, they don’t have any help up top.
“[Marcus] Rashford then gets injured, [Paul] Pogba hasn’t played. [Scott] McTominay, one of their best players this season, hasn’t played.
“The recruitment wasn’t there to back Ole up and then injuries to key players.
“To be fifth with this squad, I think right now is as good as it can possibly get.
“There are only four points separating fifth and 14th. I don’t think it’s going to more up, it’s more likely to go down and that’s the big worry.”