Jordi Cruyff: Manchester United’s troubles are down to the amount of young players in the side

by Tanveer Arayan

Jordi Cruyff believes that Manchester United have struggled this season due to the high number of young players in the side.

Youngsters such as Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have all made the step up to first team affairs this season.

They have impressed but Man United as a whole have disappointed, with a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last time out leaving their top four ambitions hanging by a thread. Despite the team’s struggles, former United midfielder Cruyff insisted that the criticism of Louis van Gaal is harsh but conceded the club have struggled to fill the void left by the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

“I think it’s harsh and a bit too early, but it’s obvious that things have not gone the way that they would have expected,” Cruyff said.

“Especially after such huge investment has been made.

“I think one of the prime reasons is that they have a very young team. Young players are allowed to have their ups and downs, that’s part of the process.

“After so many years of (Sir Alex) Ferguson, it’s a big shock to the club when you have seen the same face and he leaves. There is a bit of a hole as a new generation and manager comes in. That always takes time.”

United do have youngsters in the side but they also have a number of international stars, too, and to only manage one shot on target against Spurs is unacceptable.

Van Gaal’s decision to priorities possession above all else has zapped the life out of his players and the blame for United’s poor campaign must fall at his feet. The sooner he is gone the better.

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