Graeme Souness questions Man United’s lack of identity

The Sky Sports pundit says that Manchester United are content to just ‘lump it forward’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Graeme Souness believes that Manchester United are content to just ‘lump it forward’ after watching their defeat to Brighton on Sunday.

The Red Devils lost 3-2 to the Seagull’s at The Amex Stadium on Sunday and struggled to manufacture clear cut goalscoring chances throughout the game.

Romelu Lukaku managed to bundle in a cross from close range and Paul Pogba scored from the penalty spot, but Brighton controlled the game for large periods and didn’t allow United to develop any threatening attacking situations.

Jose Mourinho brought on Marouane Fellaini after 60 minutes to try and turn the tide, but from that point onwards United relied on long balls and completely bypassed the midfield, which is a worrying growing trend.

Ex-Liverpool defender Souness blasted that style of play after the game.

Souness said on Sky Sports: “There is nothing wrong with being direct but this is Manchester United, arguably the biggest club in the world, playing football that was played by teams from a lower league 30 or 40 years ago.

“It’s lump it forward, play off the bits and see where we go from that. Manchester United have to be better than that. This is a club that needs to be dining at the top table and with this group of players that isn’t going to happen any time soon.”

Sunday’s defeat marked the first time United have lost their opening away game of a Premier League season since 2012-2013, although they did then go onto win the title in what was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year.

However, there is no doubt that Mourinho’s current crop pales in comparison to the last great Ferguson side and with United’s reputation for free-flowing attacking football fast disappearing, it seems unlikely that a title charge could be in the offing.

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