“They live too much in the past” – Ruud Gullit takes dig at Manchester United

"They live too much in the past" - Ruud Gullit takes dig at Manchester United

Ruud Gullit thinks that there’s a lot of problems at Manchester United and claims that they do not only live too much in the past but also missed the opportunity to change football.

Man United last won the Premier League in 2013 during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge of the first team at Old Trafford.

United had appointed David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but neither came close to winning the Premier League title, although only Mourinho was able to win the EFL Cup and Europa League during his two-and-a-half years stay at United.

Van Gaal has previously accused Manchester United of being a commercial club unlike their Premier League rivals, stating that they only make signings based on commercial benefits.

That has thwarted United’s chances of challenging for top honours and from winning a single trophy since 2017 and Ruud Gullit claims that no player wants to go to Manchester United anymore because they are not the club they once were during SAF era.

“I think that there’s a lot of problems at Manchester United,” Gullit told Laureus Sports. “I think they missed the opportunity to change football. I think they live too much in the past. They talk about the 90s team too much. That’s the past.

“Nowadays, players want to go to different teams [other than Manchester United]. They want to go to Liverpool, they want to go to Manchester City, they want to go to Chelsea. They are not the main team any more in England as they were with Ferguson. That’s the past. So, you need to change your mentality a little bit and it will take some time.”

Manchester United are obviously the most scrutinised team in the world, and the club legends aren’t helping matters with their constant critcism of the club whenever they lose a game.

Ruud Gullit thinks there's a lot of problems at Manchester United
Ruud Gullit thinks there’s a lot of problems at Manchester United

Gullit believes there are about five Man United legends who make things difficult with everyday talks about the club, although he concedes that if The Red Devils win games, the criticism would cool off.

They [Manchester United] have five ex-players who every day talk about United,” Gullit added. “It’s difficult — and the only way you can overcome that is to win and if you don’t you’re gonna see the newspapers, the first five, six articles all about United, every day.”

Erik ten Hag has been appointed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement but has already lost his opening fixture 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.

The former Ajax manager was promised that he would be backed in the transfer market but so far, the Dutchman has not welcomed his top priorities.

Tyrell Malacia is viewed as a second choice left-back to Luke Shaw while Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen are expected to challenge for starting roles at United.

Frenkie de Jong is obviously Ten Hag priority but so far, the Dutch midfielder hasn’t agreed to move to Manchester United.