Man United have lowered expectations, says Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham says Manchester United aren't used to not winning things

Teddy Sheringham believes Manchester United have lowered their expectations this season.

The Red Devils are ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place thanks to their superior goal difference ahead of their clash against West Ham United at Upton Park on Sunday.

The expectations in and around the club aren’t quite so high because of last season

Teddy Sheringham

United manager Louis van Gaal has started to come under some pressure following the club’s continued stuttering performances.

However, Sheringham believes the Red Devils have been more tolerant this season, putting thoughts of challenging for the title to the back of their minds.

“I still remember the first words Sir Alex Ferguson said to me when I joined Manchester United and they were ‘You won’t believe what it is like to play for Manchester United and how many people want to beat you’ and I still see it as being the same,” Sheringham told West Ham’s website.

“Perhaps the expectations in and around the club aren’t quite so high because of last season, when they finished seventh, and their aim is to get back into the Champions League.

“It’s not quite as high as looking at winning the title, but when you have top players in the club, they are used to winning things and they want to get back to the top as soon as possible.”

Sam Allardyce’s Hammers side are seven points behind fourth-placed United in the race for a Champions League spot.

Former England international Sheringham was appointed to West Ham’s coaching staff last season in a bid to help improve their goal record.

The 48-year-old won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FA Cup during a five-year stay at Old Trafford.

Sheringham won the PFA player of the year in 2001 after he scored 15 goals in 29 Premier League appearances.

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