David Beckham has insisted that Manchester United will not start “fading away” like Liverpool have done in recent years.
Man United are without a piece of silverware in over two years, but managed to work their way back into the Champions League last year by finishing fourth in the Premier League.
The club have signed the likes of Anthony Martial, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay in an attempt to become challengers once again, and Beckham feels that United are simply too successful to fade away.
“I can’t see that happening to Manchester United,” he said when asked if United could experience a demise similar to Liverpool’s.
“I never think we’ll not be in contention to win trophies. There’s too much history. Obviously, you have to stay on the ball with that but there’s too much embedded into this club to let it slip away like that.”
“We have been spoilt over the last 20 years, we have been so successful and then the manager and David Gill leave, then there is a number of players that retired like Scholesy and Giggsy.”
“No matter what club it is, no matter how much money you have behind you, there is going to be a dip in trophies, but unfortunately when you are Manchester United, you can’t really have that and there are tough moments.”
Having won six Premier League titles, two FA Cup’s and a Champions League title during his time at the club, Beckham can speak with some authority on the subject of success. Beckham’s thoughts on United will be enough to please most supporters, who are still yearning for the club’s first trophy since David Moyes’ Community Shield victory over Wigan.
Regardless of trophies, fans can be excited for the future. Amongst others, the likes of David de Gea, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Memphis provide the backbone for what could go on to be a hugely successful team in the future.
However, with the United hierarchy insistent on competing on all fronts this term, such players are likely to be under pressure from both the club and its fans, who want to see silverware restored to United sooner rather than later.