Meulensteen: Manchester United not at the level of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes the current side are “nowhere near” the quality of teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Louis van Gaal has spent upwards of £250m since his arrival at Man United in 2014 but results on the pitch have been poor.

United were dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday after a 1-1 second leg draw against Liverpool and van Gaal’s side are clinging on in the FA Cup and Premier League. Meulensteen, who spent six years as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at United, criticised the current group of players.

He said: “It was very simple with Mike Phelan, the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] and myself and we just asked ourselves this question: look at this squad, look at our best XI, is this team capable of beating Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or whoever reaches the Champions League final?

“If we can give them a game and we have a chance of winning it, then we are good enough to win the Premier League. And that sums up where Manchester United are now because, quality-wise, they are nowhere near those teams.”

United have failed in every aspect since Ferguson’s departure.

The transfer policy has been awful, the appointment of van Gaal and David Moyes have been disastrous and the club seemed more focus on securing another sponsorship deal than winning a match. Ed Woodward, as well as van Gaal, must take his share of the blame following another disappointing campaign.

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