Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson ‘like trying to charge an iPhone with a Nokia charger’, says Anders

GONE FLAT

The Red Devils have had four different managers and have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex left in 2013

Manchester United have been ‘trying to charge an iPhone with a Nokia charger’ since Sir Alex Ferguson left, former goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has claimed.

The Red Devils have secured just two top-four finishes since Sir Alex’s 2013 departure, with no Premier League title won in the six seasons following the Scot’s retirement.

Anders Lindegaard spent five years with Man United

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Anders Lindegaard spent five years with Man United

In that time, they have had four permanent managers, with David Moyes immediately replacing Ferguson, but he lasted nine months, before United then hired Louis van Gaal.

Jose Mourinho took over two years later, but despite winning the EFL Cup and Europa League in his debut campaign, the Portuguese was sacked last December.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was then appointed on an interim basis and won 10 out of his first 11 matches in charge, which helped convince the hierarchy to give him the role on a permanent basis.

But a disastrous end to the season, which culminated in a 2-0 home defeat by relegated Cardiff on the final day, left them in sixth, outside the coveted Champions League places and with plenty of rebuilding to do over the summer.

United have not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s last season

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United have not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s last season

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Lindegaard, who spent five years at United, but played just 29 times, is now a free agent after being released by Burnely.

The Dane has said that anyone taking over from Ferguson was always going to have a huge task on their hands.

“I didn’t feel it ageing. It felt more like we just couldn’t adjust to a new way of life,” he told the Evening Standard. “It seemed like trying to charge an iPhone with a Nokia charger. It just slowly went flat.

“Who was ever going to lift the club after the boss? I think everyone is still to this day realising what Sir Alex was and did.

It was a dire end to the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United

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It was a dire end to the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United

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“I don’t think anyone could have taken over and carried the club on with the same success.

“It seems to me like the club needed change and modernisation. And I can imagine it’s been hard for the club to realise that.

“United is tradition and history. Tradition and history is hard to change. Especially when it’s as long and successful as United.”