Jose Mourinho has delivered a damning assessement of the current Manchester United team, claiming they have got worse under his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The ex-Old Trafford boss, who was axed by the Premier League giants last December, insists there have been no improvements since his departure, despite the signing of three new star players.
Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all joined United in the summer, but Mourinho believes his successor Solskjaer may struggle to get United into the top six this season.
United have won just two of their opening six Premier League games and were beaten 2-0 at West Ham on Sunday.
Mourinho, who was sacked by United last December, said: “They are far [from Liverpool and Man City]. I have been there two seasons where I could feel lots of positive things and I could feel a direction to go through.
“Then obviously the third season was not good enough — I was sacked, probably deservedly sacked because I am the final [person] responsible as a manager but the sad reality is that they are worse than before.
“For me it is sad. Maybe people think I am enjoying the situation — I am not. I have lots of respect for the fans and for me it’s really, really sad. When the team is ‘boring’, you are boring but still get the result. In this moment… they are going to be in trouble not just to get into the top four but into contention for the top six. This team is worse than the team of last season.”
Asked about the difference between his team and this United side, he added: “I like the three new players [Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James] and they are doing well [but] the team as a team . . . I don’t like it at all. I am not surprised by the result. There were no positives.”
United legend Roy Keane was similarly scathing about his old club, saying: “I’ve be saying it for at least a couple of years, they’re just not good enough, a lot of these players. They are not good enough for Manchester United. It’s as simple as that.”
And Keane believes former teammate Solskjaer may soon find himself under real pressure.
“There was a feel-good factor for Ole at the start and he needs three of four transfer windows.
“But if you’re not getting results and lose matches like today, the pressure builds and builds. You won’t get time.
“I have known Ole for a long time. I can tell looking at his eyes he is fuming and disgusted.”