‘Fifth place is as good as it can possibly get for Man Utd’

Joe Williams

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.”