Michael Owen believes Manchester United’s squad is not that far behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have endured an indifferent start to the new season, winning just once in their opening four fixtures of the new campaign, whilst fierce rivals Liverpool have enjoyed a perfect start.
Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe after winning the Champions League last season and finished 31 points ahead of United in the Premier League last season.
Owen, who played for both clubs, believes United are still recovering from the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, but despite their recent struggles, does not believe there is much to choose between the Old Trafford club and their Merseyside rivals in terms of their squad strength.
“A lot of people will obviously say when you have a manager that is there for that long then it’s very difficult for the next manager just to go and pick up the baton and continue it,” Owen told ESPN.
“But I think not many people would have envisaged the extent let’s say of the decline since.
“There’s been some trophies won along the way obviously which has smoothed things over a little bit but in general, when you watch Manchester United now, it is a shadow of the previous teams of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign I guess, and it’s going to take some building.
“I don’t necessarily think the players are all that bad, I think when you look at other teams, look at Liverpool for example, are Manchester United players far inferior to Liverpool’s? I don’t necessarily think so.
“But do Liverpool’s players play with a greater understanding, a great cohesion, a lot of confidence? Then, yes.
“I was talking to John Barnes the other day and he was saying exactly the same thing.
“He doesn’t think there’s anything in the two squads.”
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