Regular readers of the site and listeners to the PS Football podcast will know that Red’s fan and panellist Peter Henry is never afraid to call out Manchester United on their problems and in this weeks edition he wasn’t holding back, singling out a number of United’s players for not being good enough in recent games.
Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the first to get two barrels. Having started the season strongly, he has been very poor since and Peter said that it’s more than just a blip in form, “That one really good season he had at Dortmund, they kind of made everything perfect for him and he’s not going to to get molly-coddled like that at United. I just don’t think he’s mentally strong enough, he was like a lost puppy coming off.”
Even United’s young star Marcus Rashford came in for some criticism, “They had eight corners and I think Rashford hit the first man with seven of them, that’s just not good enough.”
Fan favourite Ander Herrera was next, “I was looking around the team the other day, and I know he’s popular with United fans and I like him myself but Herrera, if we want to be challenging for leagues again is Herrera that top-level player we want to have in midfield?” he asked adding, “Look at Kante, a top class defensive midfielder, Matic, a top class defensive midfielder, Pogba, Eriksen, De Bruyne, top class attacking midfielders. What’s Herrera? He’s kind of good at everything but he’s not the kind of player you’re going to win leagues with.”
One of the positives for United this term has been their good defensive record but Peter also questioned their suitability for a team looking to challenge for the top prizes. “Another one of United’s problems is when they go with that back three, you need players who can pass the ball out from the back like Chelsea have in Azpilicueta and Cristensen. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, they’re not good footballers, good defenders but not good footballers”, he said, “Even Ashley Young, he’s working his socks off but would any of those players get in Man City’s team or in Spurs’ team?”.
United started the season like a train and fans had grown more and more confident that the Premier League title might be set to return to Old Trafford at the end of the season, but recent results and the continuing good form of Manchester City has dampened those hopes somewhat.
“United have Newcastle and Brighton up next so they should get six points on the board”, said Peter, “but at the end of the game the other day I looked at the league table and thought to myself, Oh F*ck, we’re in a battle for the top four now.”
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