Former coach Arsene Wenger believes that the current team of Man Utd players has not reached the maturity needed to succeed. “When you look at Man Utd, you can see an example of potential, but not a collective example. Perhaps the current players are not mature enough to form a uniform Man Utd”, Wenger commented on beIN SPORTS on 9/11.
Wenger’s assessment is somewhat true to the current situation of Man Utd. After crushing Chelsea in the first round of the Premier League, “Reds” have not won yet another victory. They drew two and lost one in the next three rounds, finishing eighth.
Man Utd was very successful when building a team based on young players. Former coach Alex Ferguson initiated this approach. Under his hand, generations of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, and Gary Neville achieved great success after coming up from the academy.
Man Utd began to take advantage of many young players in December last year, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed to replace Jose Mourinho. As a student of Sir Alex, the Norwegian ruler wants to follow the path of success in the past.
However, Wenger does not believe that imitating Ferguson’s approach will help Man Utd to recover: “With the current Man Utd, you will feel something new and not ready. Looking at how they play, “I think they are not enough to compete for the championship. Can they emulate what Ryan Giggs, Scholes, Beckham have done? I am not convinced.”
The team then eclipsed the Premier League’s record, 42 unbeaten matches of Nottingham Forest, and underwent another seven unbeaten matches to receive defeat. He brought Arsenal for the first time to the Champions League Final, that was in 2006, even though Arsenal lost to Barcelona. In 2012, the club spent its 15th consecutive season, although they had the worst start in 58 years. During his tenure, Arsenal moved to Emirates Stadium in place of Highbury in 2006.