Arsene Wenger has warned Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he faces a mammoth task to get the club back on track.
United’s hopes of finishing in the top four are hanging by a thread after they failed to capitalise on defeats above them with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The draw means United have won just two of their last ten matches and there’s likely to be a mass exodus at the club this summer with the likes of Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo all likely to depart.
However, attracting players to the club without the lure of Champions League football will make things even more difficult and Wenger has warned Solskjaer he’s already flagging behind Europe’s elite.
‘They’ve spent a lot of money but still they have a big job to do,’ Wenger told BeIN Sports.
‘What will be interesting in the summer for me is that you have many big clubs who are out to buy players. I think there will be more money than good players on the market.
‘So it will not be easy to get it right because you have Real Madrid out there, Bayern Munich out there, Paris Saint-Germain out there, Man United out there, then Arsenal and Chelsea out there on the market’.
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Few could have envisaged the extent of Manchester United’s decline when Sir Alex Ferguson stood down in 2013.
Wenger is probably best placed to speak on such a monumental change and the Frenchman says the club’s current state is not just down to Ferguson’s retirement.
‘I would say it is because of three main factors, he was a huge personality, Alex Ferguson in the game, and his importance at the club, his quality was dominance. After that, when he stopped I believe it was the end of a generation,’ said Wenger.
‘For me the end of the generation was coinciding with Ryan Giggs, an exceptional player who came to an end, and the second thing is the recruitment policy was not successful.
‘The older generation was a famous period of United, so they lost the quality and the spirit because all these players were ready to die for Manchester United, plus the players they bought have not all been successful.
‘All these three things together show that it’s not easy to keep continued success, it’s going in cycles up and down.’