Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears Manchester United’s current group of youngsters lack the potential to emulate the side’s celebrated class of ’92.
Players like Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes all graduated from the club’s academy to play important roles in a decade of Premier League dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson at United.
After missing out on Champions League qualification last campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sold the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, placing his faith in a group of young talent.
Wales winger Daniel James, a summer signing from Swansea, has made an incredible start to his United career with three goals in four games, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks a good piece of business, even at £50million.
Scott McTominay, Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes, meanwhile, are all likely to be given further chances to impress but with just one victory in four games this season. Solskjaer is already under pressure and Wenger fears the weight of expectancy could have an impact on United’s young players.
‘When you see Man United they are one of the examples where there is a potential there,’ he told beIN Sports.
‘But they have not found a collective way. Maybe these players are not mature enough to carry the team play of a team like Man United all together.
‘That’s the big question mark now. You feel there is something coming out but it’s not ready.
‘That’s why I say when you watch them play they are not candidates to fight for the championship.
‘Will they emulate what Giggs, Scholes, Beckham did over a number of years? Personally I’m not convinced.’