By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Jamie Carragher has claimed that the current Manchester United team is the slowest he can remember the club ever producing.

The Liverpool legend is convinced that the lack of pace in Louis van Gaal’s side is their biggest failing.

United are third in the Premier League table after drawing 1-1 at Leicester on Saturday night to keep the pressure on new leaders Manchester City, who beat Southampton 3-1 earlier on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy wrote his name into the history books by scoring for the 11th consecutive Premier League game and Carragher compared the pace and vibrancy of the England international with United’s one-dimensional style.

Asked if Vardy was Champions League calibre club material, the former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports’ Saturday Night Football programme: “I think top teams should be looking at this player. You look at Manchester United today, they could do with Jamie Vardy – that energy, pace and aggression in attack.

“They are one of the biggest clubs in world football who pay huge fees for players but they could do with Jamie Vardy.

“The lack of pace in some of the attacking players – you think of [Juan] Mata, Wayne Rooney as well, they have [Anthony] Martial who does add that pace – I’ve never seen a slower Manchester United team in my life.”

Once-paced: Manchester United have too many slow players like Juan Mata, says Carragher

Once-paced: Manchester United have too many slow players like Juan Mata, says Carragher

United dominated possession against Leicester on Saturday but failed to carve out many chances and their only goal came courtesy of a Bastian Schweinsteiger header from a corner.

Carragher believes the sterile nature of their football is the reason for their scoring record.

“The word you used to associate with Manchester United was pace,” said the TV pundit. “Now that is the last word you would associate with Manchester United.”