Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has questioned whether his former-club have the same quality as local title rivals Manchester City.
The Welshman admitted that, although he was disappointed to say it, Man City are a far more entertaining side this season.
Giggs left Man United in 2016 after a player career stretching over more than two decades before spells as player/coach and assistant manager under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
“You want entertainment,” Giggs admitted to The Times.
“It’s part of the history, part of the culture. You also want to win. As a United fan, you want both. That was the way I played. I wanted to entertain, beat men, excite the crowd.”
Jose Mourinho’s United side have been oft-criticised for a boring style of football, despite being the second-highest scorers in the Premier League this season.
Giggs questioned whether United have the quality to be able to match City’s entertaining football while getting results.
“But do we have the players to do that? It’s horrible to say this, but you look at City and [David] Silva, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Leroy] Sané, [Raheem] Sterling, [Gabriel] Jesus…they’re brilliant to watch.
“Not only that, but their best players work so hard when they’ve not got the ball as well.
“Do United have that quality? It’s hard to say it, but probably not at the moment.”
United should have that quality, given the money spent on this side. Over £600m has been invested in the four years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Some transfers have failed, but looking at United’s current front six, they are an extraordinarily talented bunch.
£75m Romelu Lukaku is supported by homegrown duo Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, with £36m Anthony Martial and £89m Paul Pogba also in Mourinho’s current first-choice front six. £35m Nemanja Matic is ever-present.
United have spent the money, if the quality isn’t there to play the style of football that’s wanted at the club, then great questions have to be asked of United’s recruitment policy. It’s often been here and there, swinging this way and that, as Gary Neville pointed out recently.