Steve McManaman: Manchester United are ‘a million miles away’ from where they should be

by Sid Choudhary

Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman feels Manchester United are not playing the sort of football expected of them so far this season.

McManaman thought the substitution of Marouane Fellaini at half-time in Man United’s 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow proves that the Reds are not ‘where they should be.’ Fellaini’s introduction helped swing the game in United’s favour as the took the bull by the horns in the second half and put in a gritty display to gain a point in the Russian capital.

The former Manchester City player was less than impressed with United’s performance and made his feelings known following the game.

“When you are putting Marouane Fellaini on at half time to go and win the game, and you start going a bit more direct then I’m sorry, but you’re struggling.” He said.

“I don’t mean that negatively because in a team, he’s a good player, but the Manchester United of old [wouldn’t do that]. It’s not the way at all.

“They are a million miles away from where they should be.

“What do they need to do to improve in the Champions League? We say it after every game they play, they need to get better.”

United currently lie in second place in Group B, after a loss to PSV Eindhoven and a win against Wolfsburg. With two home games coming up, the Reds will expect to get through the group stage with relative ease and look forward to the knockout stages of the competition.

McManaman clearly thinks that the current crop of players are not good enough and that United have not been up to par this season. However, his inability to point out where the Reds have been going wrong makes it an interesting claim. Even though it wasn’t a perfect outing in Moscow, United will be happy to come away with a point from a difficult game, especially when not at the top of their game.

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