Arsene Wenger admits he is ‘not convinced’ that Manchester United’s youngsters can return the club to the top of the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have endured a stuttering start to the new season, winning just one of their opening four Premier League fixtures, already sitting seven points behind leaders Liverpool.
The Manchester United boss has handed regular opportunities this season to the likes of Scott McTominay and summer signing Daniel James, whilst 21-year-old forward Marcus Rashford has been trusted as the club’s first-choice forward following the sale of Romelu Lukaku.
With a seeming lack of options up front and in midfield, Solskjaer also looks set to hand game time to academy graduates Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner, although former Arsenal boss Wenger admits he remains unconvinced of their ability to challenge for major honours this season, despite saying they have ‘potential’.
“When you see Man United they are one of the examples where there is a potential there,” he told beIN SPORTS.
“But they have not found a collective way. Maybe these players are not mature enough to carry the team play of a team like Man United all together.
“That’s the big question mark now. You feel there is something coming out but it’s not ready.
“That’s why I say when you watch them play they are not candidates to fight for the championship.
“Will they emulate what Giggs, Scholes, Beckham did over a number of years? Personally I’m not convinced.”
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