Former Manchester United player Gordon Hill has been speaking about his old club's current woes.
It is fair to say things have not gone according to plan for Manchester United this season.
Each positive run has turned out to be a false dawn, with their 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League the lowest point to date, their performance – to a man – simply not good enough.
And now former United player Gordon Hill has had his say in an interview with Talk Sport, in which he questioned the transfer of Marouane Fellaini and was critical of the use of Juan Mata since his club-record signing.
Hill was talking following reports that David Moyes will be given £200million to transform the reigning Premier League champions in the summer.
“We’ve seen two players (arrive) in Fellaini and Mata,” Hill said. “Fellaini is never a Man United player and Juan Mata is being played all over the place, he’s a shadow of what we saw at Chelsea.
“We’re going in for players that aren’t the calibre. We have no identity in our football at this moment in time. We have no leaders.”
It is a damning indictment of a side that has struggled since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. They are out of both domestic cups, seventh in the Premier League and perilously close to a European exit.
And Hill believes United are currently over-dependent on two men.
“We’re relying virtually on the ability of Wayne Rooney and van Persie to pull us out and unfortunately that isn’t going to do it.”
Moyes will be all too aware of the changes that need to be made in the squad he inherited last summer. But when asked if the current boss would have the time to turn things around over the next few seasons Hill replied, “(He) may not be. The time clock is ticking now and it’s ticking very rapidly.”
There is no doubt the pressure is on Moyes, but in truth it will remain on him for the rest of the season. This United side does not appear good enough and with a top-four place all but impossible, the Scot really needs a performance in the second-leg against Olympiakos – a return to the glory nights that Ferguson so regularly oversaw.
If United can turn things around against the Greek champions, the pressure will reduce – at least for now. But Moyes needs another summer to get things right; because getting it wrong is no longer an option.
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