“An under-excited, under-motivated football team”

Simon Jordan has criticized Manchester United’s performance this season and tipped them to finish outside the Premier League’s top four. He called their performances “regressed” and “under-excited”.

Manchester United have been inconsistent all season. The arrival of five-time Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo failed to galvanize the team.

They sacked former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November 2021 after dismal form which saw them beaten by both Liverpool and Manchester City. He was replaced by German coach Ralf Rangnik, who took over until the end of the season.

However, the improvements have been minor and United have looked underwhelming throughout the season. They are out of all cup competitions this season. The Red Devils are also struggling to break into the Premier League’s top four and are set to finish another season without silverware.

Speaking on White and Jordan, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan said it was laughable to see Ole Gunner Solsjkaer staying at the club for three years.

He said:

“Poor managers for three years – you allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to lead the football club for three years, which is almost laughable. Before that, you had Jose Mourinho, and Mourinho won you things, but the culture of Mourinho attracts a certain reputation and rapport, and because he decided to go very dark, you walked away from that and left three years of attrition.’

Jordan added:

“And over those three years the other two clubs you’re supposed to be chasing, Liverpool and Man City, have continued to develop and you’ve regressed, so the gap has widened.”

Jordan thinks United players are overrewarded and mentally light against Liverpool and Manchester City. He added:

“United players are light mentally, they are over-rewarded, over-recognized and under-performing. They are an under-excited and under-motivated football team that are going through the rest of the season.”

Manchester United staff and player could not adapt under Jose Mourinho – Wayne Rooney

United legend Wayne Rooney says the distance between the academy and the first team under Jose Mourinho is huge. He said staff and academy members failed to adapt during Mourinhos’ reign at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney: “The distance between the Academy, the first team and the manager, especially under Mourinho, was huge. It was almost as if they didn’t exist.” #mulive [@footballdaily] https://t.co/O1Ych7spwN

Responding to Jamie Carragher on Daily FootballRooney revealed how the gap widened during Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United.

“The distance between the academy and the first team and the manager, especially under Mourinho, was huge. It was almost as if they didn’t exist, if you will.”

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