Club icon Dwight Yorke insists the current Manchester United squad “should be challenging for the title”.
The Red Devils dismissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager after a poor run of form which saw United slip down the Premier League table.
Michael Carrick took caretaker charge, going unbeaten in his three matches in the dugout before Ralf Rangnick took over as manager until the end of the season.
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United are now sixth in the table, three points behind West Ham in fourth and 11 off league leaders Manchester City.
Many believe the Red Devils’ midfield is not good enough to win titles, with the club’s former striker Yorke insisting they have enough world-class players to be competing at the top of the table.
“I don’t like the criticism of the midfield, with people saying they’re not world-class,” he told The Athletic (via Inside Futbol).
“Do United not have enough world-class players already to be winning more games?
“Was Darren Fletcher world-class? John O’Shea? Nicky Butt? Phil Neville? No, yet they rose with world-class players around them and became very important players for United.
“A good manager gets 110 per cent from players, they get them to rise. All the players I’ve mentioned could do as good as or even better than those around them.
“Did Leicester have a team of world-class players when they won the league? No. The current United side should be challenging for the title.”
Meanwhile, Owen Hargeaves says Aaron Wan-Bissaka needs to be less reluctant to get into forward positions for Man Utd, but admits he has no chance of matching the “alien” numbers of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“Everybody knows his attributes are defensively, which is great,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “But Reece James, [Joao] Cancelo, Trent Alexander-Arnold – they get you 10 assists [a season].
“He doesn’t have to get United 10 assists, but you want him to get five and just put himself in positions where he’s crossing the ball, where he’s receiving it in areas where he can create a bit more.”