Manchester United are in trouble.
The fact that Thursday night’s miserable goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar felt so utterly normal, as did the following unfounded praise heaped on the hapless players by the equally estranged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is a worrying indication of how far the 20-time champions of England have fallen.
Success and silverware have been exchanged for mediocrity and money, at Old Trafford. While Ed Woodward announces revenues of almost £630m, the United we have grown to know, and respect, shrivel and squirm in the shadows, shrinking smaller and smaller by the week. But, money, money, money.
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The football is embarrassing to watch at times and results show. United have won just five times in their previous 22 outings and since defeating Paris Saint-Germain have seen the likes of Rochdale, West Ham United, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Everton, Wolves and Arsenal hammer home their misery.
It’s unsurprising, then, that such damning verdicts are passed on the current state of the club and their place on the footballing ladder. Jason Cundy was the latest pundit to criticise United’s fall from grace…
“Man Utd are staring into an abyss.”
“This is possibly the worst Man United squad in Premier League history.” ?
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 3, 2019
To put things into context, Everton haven’t been crowned English champions since their reign on dominance in the 1980s that saw them lift the trophy in ’85 and ’87.