27 Apr Man Utd News: Peter Crouch says team really are an’shadow of the things they were’
The Burnley striker has voiced his surprise in Red Devils fall from grace and questioned the time of Sosjkaer’s appointment
Former England global Peter Crouch has lamented the’mismatch’ of the Manchester derby and asked’how it’d come to the’ for Manchester United.
The end result was a part of a rotten run of form which has seen United shed seven in all contests.
Crouch wondered how the scenario at United had got so poor, also questioned the time of appointing Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as
“[The game on Wednesday] was a mismatch. City
“United are a shadow of what they were. It’s open season on them after seven defeats in nine matches. I’ve watched events in Old Trafford this year with a growing sense of shame and frustration; the operation against City was a tipping point.
“I questioned why there was a hurry to appoint Solskjaer on a permanent thing. I didn’t say he should not be boss, he’d completely earned the chance, but there wasn’t any stress on United to perform it.
“Considering his position has been formalised on March 28 they’ve just beaten Watford and West Ham and the feel-good element is gone.”
Despite speculating as to if Solskjaer’s appointment was ill-judged, Crouch laid the blame squarely at the doorway of the United players.
“The problem does not reflect nicely on the gamers. I’ve played enough dressing rooms to understand when things turn sour.
“it is a chance to play for a club of United’s size and it must mean something in each look. You do not have to pick and choose the matches you play in.
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“Getting to this degree is the pinnacle but I wonder if some United players genuinely appreciate that.
“Why did Romelu Lukaku talk this week about needing to play in Italy? What’s Paul Pogba not silencing rumours linking him with Real Madrid? Things like that would not have been able to occur before, so why are they ?”
“I do not need to be viewed as leaping on the bandwagon but they have serious problems to handle. If they perform Liverpool or City, I wish to see United going toe to toe. I really don’t want them to eventually become only another team.”