Alan Shearer says Manchester United are "miles" behind the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea as pressure continues to grow on interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Despite losing just once in his first six matches (at the time of writing), the German has failed to properly galvanise a United side who have been spluttering all season.
Underwhelming performances and rumours of dressing room unrest have plagued the club for weeks, and Rangnick's appointment isn't looking like the masterstroke some thought it might be back in November.
His experimental 4-2-2-2 system isn't bearing fruit either, with fans and pundits alike calling the 63-year-old's tactics into question.
"It’s alright having that belief in how to play it’s also having the player to play that way and in that current system what he would like to play, no I don’t think they have the players," Shearer said speaking ahead of United's FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa on Monday.
"I think they’ve got a lot of good players here but I don’t think there are enough very good players here."
The Tyneside legend insists that Rangnick has "walked into a very difficult situation" because the structure at the club is "chaos".
"I think because you’ve got a football director John Murtough, you’ve got technical director Darren Fletcher, you’ve got an interim manager for the next four five months that goes into a consultancy role, then [you're[ going to look for a [permanent] manager," Shearer added.
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"When you compare that to the top clubs and you look at City, Liverpool and Chelsea, from that point of view Man United are miles off it."
The Red Devils are currently seventh in the Premier League after winning just nine of their opening 19 matches.
They're already a whopping 22 points off the top of the table, though they have two games in hand on league leaders City.
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