Liverpool icon Didi Hamann has launched a damming assessment of Manchester United’s performances so far this season, labelling them “pathetic.”
The German did not hold back from severely criticising the Red Devils for their inconsistent start to the campaign, despite them being just two points off Premier League leaders Chelsea.
United managed to sign big names in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer but have looked far from convincing in recent weeks, losing to Young Boys, Aston Villa and West Ham before their recent draw to Everton.
And Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, believes it is only the extraordinary performances of Ronaldo which is keeping them afloat.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hamann said: “The only reason why Manchester United are still in the race for the Premier League title and doing alright in the Champions League is Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I don't even want to know where they would be without him and his goals. It is all patchwork. Old Trafford – that used to be the Theatre of Dreams. Right now, it is more like nightmares than dreams.
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“Their performance is pathetic at the moment. They just don't play good football. Sancho is way behind expectations, which I don't understand.
“With Raphael Varane, they got a player that has a lot of experience, and with Cristiano Ronaldo, they got one who knows the Premier League. I thought it would not take that long to integrate them into the team.”
Hamann went on to claim that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is yet to win any silverware as manager in his three years at the club, is under severe pressure and will eventually be sacked.
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He said: “I believe the pressure on the manager will grow a lot.
“It is only a matter of time when – not if – they sack him because he has been there for too long, and you don't see any progress.
“They still play the same football that is not good to watch. That is not Manchester United. I think there will be a change of manager soon.
“Whether the new manager will be able to utilise their entire potential, we will have to see. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not capable of that right now.”
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