LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) Arsene Wenger, the former Arsenal boss, has offered a grim assessment of Manchester United’s current state, asserting that there is “no hope” for the team as they grapple with a loss of “confidence and spirit.”
Wenger, who left his role as Arsenal manager in 2018, analyzed the difficulties that Manchester United faced during their 3-0 defeat in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
He elaborated on why he does not foresee an improvement in their fortunes under the leadership of Erik ten Hag.
Wenger shared his perspective on the increasing gap between the two teams as the game unfolded.
He expressed his sympathy for Manchester United, citing a lack of hope within the team.
He stated, “I don’t see where they can improve. This team has lost confidence, quality, and even spirit.”
Wenger pinpointed the issue as commencing with playing the ball back to the goalkeeper, which led to uncertainty and a lack of confidence among the players.
He also emphasized the disparity in the quality of players from both teams as a telling sign of Manchester United’s challenges.
During the recent Manchester derby, Manchester City outperformed a depleted Manchester United at Old Trafford, with City dominating possession and registering over three times as many shots on target.
The outstanding performance of Andre Onana in the United goal prevented an even larger winning margin for City.
As of the 2023-24 season, under Ten Hag’s management, Manchester United finds itself 11 points adrift of the Premier League leaders, Tottenham, after suffering five losses in their first ten fixtures.
With the Carabao Cup fixture against Newcastle at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, the Red Devils must regroup and prepare to face the challenge of rebuilding their form.