Nigerian striker Osaze Odemwingie has submitted that the current Manchester United team are now a shadow of their former self and have equally lost the fear factor that saw them cruising to big wins in the past.
Speaking ahead of Stoke City’s clash with the Red Devils, Odemwingie posits that he and his teammates can hurt the Red Devils.
“They are not the club they were – they don’t have the names and the quality they used to have,” the 34-year-old said.
“They themselves look more shy than usual, they don’t take as much risk as we know them to do, so people take advantage of that and go for it when they play against them now.
“It’s a turning point for a big club like that. They have all the resources, they just need to do the right recruitment probably and go through this difficult stage and get back to the heights they are used to.
“There was a lot more quality there, they had real leaders on the team. Now they’ve lost that. Many teams go through that. When you lose a generation of players it’s hard to then get a new set that will produce the same way. I think the process they are going through is rebuilding.
“You still give them the respect, they are still good players, but not in the times when they had the likes of Rio [Ferdinand], Roy Keane, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [David] Beckham and great finishers like [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, so it’s a bit of a different time for them now.”
United are presently fifth on the log in the Premier League – 10 points behind table-topping Leicester City – and have struggled to maintain any semblance of good form this season.