Manchester United have been taken to the cleaners by Premier League legend Alan Shearer, who has launched a fierce tirade at both the players and those in power at Old Trafford.
United were hoping the appointment of Ralf Rangnick would grant the team some stability as they seek a successful end to the season. And while Rangnick has suffered just two losses in 13 games, it cannot paper over several disappointing results.
Indeed, they only have the Champions League left to win this season and next face a tricky tie with LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid.
Before that, however, they play both Brighton and Leeds United in the Premier League as they look to get their top-four bid back on track,
United currently sit fifth in the Premier League, just a point shy of West Ham in fourth. But that push for a top-four finish has been held up in recent weeks after a series of 1-1 draws.
Indeed, they have surrendered the lead three times in their last three matches to draw 1-1.
Now BBC pundit Shearer has gone in both barrels on the Red Devils, claiming the club are in a huge mess.
He’s not the only one either with Paul Scholes and Jermaine Jenas also tearing into Rangnick’s side.
However, it is Shearer’s words which will perhaps sting the most.
He has told the club – from their owners down to the players – several home truths in an incredible rant.
He wrote in The Athletic: “When I look at Manchester United, I see chaos, a team lacking any kind of discernible identity. They are an institution bereft of strategy, whose last three managers, if you include Michael Carrick, have been temporary appointments.
“United have become an interim football club — a club of caretakers, where authority has become diluted and players inhabit a world of excuses. They have spent an absolute fortune to become truly unexceptional.
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“On the pitch, they are frayed and ragged, edgy and bad-tempered, casting around for someone else to blame. They are unsure of who and what they are.
“What a leaky, noisy, messy club they have become.”
Alan Shearer insists those in power at Man Utd take blame
Rangnick remains in charge for the rest of the season, when a permanent appointment will be made.
However, Shearer insists it is ridiculous that a club as big as United are headed up by an interim boss.
Baring in mind that interim boss Rangnick follows interim boss Michael Carrick. And the latter also follows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – another initially deemed as a temporary appointment.
As a result, Shearer insists the powers that be need to take a long hard look at themselves.
“It’s carnage! Where is the joined-up thinking? What is the decision-making structure? And how do players respond to this shifting authority?”