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Glen Johnson Exclusive: Man United Miles Behind Liverpool

Glen Johnson Exclusive: Man United Miles Behind Liverpool

Glen Johnson feels Manchester United are “miles behind” Liverpool and have lost their pulling power when it comes to prospective signings. United have landed Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez so far this summer, but negotiations are still ongoing for their prime target – Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong. The Red Devils finished sixth last year – 34 points behind rivals Liverpool in second – so do not have Champions League football to offer in 2022-23. And Johnson feels the gap between the Merseysiders and Erik ten Hag’s outfit is sizeable at present, given the differing circumstances of the two clubs.


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United Miles Away

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “At the moment, 100% [Liverpool are a more attractive club than Manchester United]. It's a no brainer. 

“There was a period where players would want to go to United but those days are gone. 

“United are miles away from being an attractive prospect and are miles behind Liverpool.”

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United Need To Play As A Team

However, Johnson does not feel that more signings are the answer to United’s problems, suggesting new manager Ten Hag needs to get the side playing as a team and in a defined style.

“It's not about signing people, as [United] have already been signing people for a lot of money who are apparently at the top of their game, but it's just not working,” he continued. 

“I think they have some good individuals – they just need to find a way of playing.

“They don’t play as a team and if I asked you what style of play they have, I don’t think you can answer it. 

“They just seem to pick 11 players and that’s nowhere near good enough if you are trying to close the gap.

“He [Ten Hag] has a tough job on his hands. They have a good squad with fantastic individuals but it is a tough job. 

“It's a fantastic club and one of the biggest in the world but he needs to get them playing as a team. 

“It will be tough and he’ll be up against it, but he has the ammunition to turn them around.”

 

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