Arsene Wenger ‘Not Convinced’ By Solskjaer’s Inexperienced squad
Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger does not believe United's young guns are matured enough to lead Red Devils to Premier League glory.
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to put his fate in the youths, rather than bringing in more experienced and expensive players.
The Norwegian added Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to his squad this summer, while also promising Mason Greenwood, Axel Tuanzebe, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong more game time with the first team.
He also let more established names like Romelu Lukaku, and Matteo Darmian leave permanently, while also loaning both Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling all to the Italian league.
His young team started the season the brightest way they could have dreamed of, defeating Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford in the opening week of the Premier League season.
But the three weeks after that has been far from pleasing for them. United has drawn against Wolves and Southampton away from home and lost to Crystal Palace at home since that opening day win.
And it is on the basis of their recent performances that Wenger has written them off the title challenge even though he acknowledges that there is talent on their side.
According to the Frenchman who battled his way to three Premier League titles with the Gunners, the squad falls shot of what a Man United team should look like.
"When you see Man United they are one of the examples where there is a potential there, but they have not found a collective way,” Wenger said on a beIN Sports show.
“Maybe these players are not mature enough to carry the team play of a team like Man United all together. That’s the big question mark now. You feel there is something coming out but it’s not ready.
“That’s why I say when you watch them play they are not candidates to fight for the championship.
“Will they emulate what Giggs, Scholes and Beckham did over a number of years? Personally, I’m not convinced.”
Solskjaer's men are currently occupying the eighth on the Premier League table and will be looking to get their season back on track on Saturday when they play host to Leicester City before the opening game of the Europa League against Astana on Thursday.