Manchester United may have achieved their best league finish since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes the Red Devils are still ‘a long, long way’ behind the recently crowned champions Manchester City.
The 0-0 draw at the London stadium against West Ham saw Jose Mourinho’s men finally ensured that they will finish the season second place in the Premier League, but as a contest, it was fairly drab to say the least.
Speaking after the game, Redknapp said he was less than impressed by Jose’s side:
“You’d normally say finishing second and reaching the FA Cup final would be great, but when you look at the money they’ve spent in the last few years and watch how they play…
“United fans have been blessed watching some great sides but it’s hard to watch this United side. There’s not a lot of joy in their play. I still think (Jose’s) searching for something when you look at the teams and systems.
“The big-name players have not really worked for Jose. Whether they’d work for another manager, I don’t know, but they’re not working for Jose. He’s questioned the mentality of his team often.
“I think they’re a long, long way off from competing with Manchester City, if I’m honest. It feels like when Jose went to Real Madrid and had to find a different way to compete with Barcelona and disrupt them.
“At the moment, when I look at United, I don’t enjoy watching them. There’s not much fluidity, not much enjoyment. It’s difficult to watch.”
With one game to go, Manchester United are a whopping 19 points behind their Manchester rivals who wrapped up the title several weeks ago, ironically with United suffering a defeat to the now relegated West Bromwich Albion.