Pundit slates 'strutting' Man United 'superstars' after Kieran Maguire's £600m reveal
Man United are still “a long way off” rivals Man City and Liverpool despite their astronomical spending over the past decade, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Red Devils are being “bailed out” by their “superstars” at present.
Football finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire revealed on Twitter that Man United have spent £600m-net more than Liverpool on transfers over the past decade.
They have also spent £310million more on wage costs in the same time period.
Despite this, the Red Devils are trophyless in the past four years – while Man City and Liverpool have both won league titles in that period.
When asked if Man United have bridged the gap to their rivals with their spending, Whelan told Football Insider: “They still aren’t close to Liverpool, in my opinion.
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“What you’ve seen with Liverpool is that they’ve built a great squad over the years.
“Manchester United have brought in individuals, they’ve not progressed as a team. They’ve got individual skill and brilliance.
“But Liverpool, the way they play going forward and even with their defence right now – it’s telepathic. They’ve built a great environment. They’ve got superstars, but they don’t strut around like they’re superstars.
“Man United just haven’t gelled. They don’t know their roles, the manager doesn’t know their best formation.
“They look all over the place and they’re a long way off.
“Man City and Liverpool built a squad over a number of years because they knew the end goal of how they wanted to play – Man United haven’t done that.
“Moments of brilliance from players like Ronaldo, Fernandes and Cavani are bailing them out. There’s no cohesion there.”