'Skill but no will’ - Pundit in scathing attack on the current Man Utd team

Ian Holloway reacted to Man Utd’s hard-fought FA Cup triumph over Newport County.
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Ian Holloway has launched a scathing attack on Manchester United’s current crop of players during a brutal TalkSport interview. 

The ex-Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss was reacting to the team’s hard-fought victory against League Two outfit Newport County in the FA Cup. Erik ten Hag started a near full strength line-up for the fourth round tie against the Welsh side but were given a fright as they blew a two goal lead before going on to win the tie 4-2.

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Manchester United’s performances, particularly in defence, have come under great scrutiny at various points of the season. As it stands the Red Devils are eighth in the Premier League and are already out of Europe all together after a disastrous Champions League campaign.

Many have been critical of Manchester United’s decline from last season and Holloway claims that the team’s inconsistencies are down to the type of player’s that they are recruiting - adding that many of them don’t have the correct attitude to play in front of the Old Trafford faithful.

Speaking on TalkSport’s Final World, Holloway launched a scathing attack on the Manchester United team and claimed that legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn't have stood for the current players’ behaviour.

He said: “They might have some skill, but there’s not the will. What I can’t stand about them is there’s no encouragement of each other.The most derogatory thing you can do is shrug your shoulders and lift your arms in the air.  You’re more or less telling the crowd ‘what’s the matter with you?’ when you don’t get what you want.

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“And for me, Man United were driven by a man who was obsessed with, ‘the club’s bigger than you’. What Sir Alex thinks about these people now I really don’t know.”

Holloway added: “They’ve got the wrong set of characters, someone has got to look at who is signing all these players, because they are not wearing that shirt with the pride that they should. It’s a little bit of a mess at the minute, yes they did win but over-celebrating for goals against Newport, wow, what was that?”

He continued: “It’s an attitude problem, and Man United have never had that, when did Sir Alex ever sign a bad attitude player? A player with the wrong attitude? And if he didn’t like their attitude, he would get rid of them. At the minute, the whole dressing room is full of them.”

Holloway went on to claim that Alex Ferguson’s successor David Moyes was not given long enough to succeed in the Old Trafford dugout. He explained “Alex wanted David Moyes to take over and in my honest opinion he wasn’t given long enough. He hardly ever signs a bad character and he deals with them and makes them a better person."

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