Manchester United must learn from Liverpool decline - Keown

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There's no doubt that this has been the worst kick off to a season that Manchester United have seen in 24 years - so it doesn't come as a surprise that former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has some wise words for the struggling side.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, Keown has said the Red Devils could take some pointers from Liverpool's reaction to Kenny Dalglish standing down in 1991.

Since then, Liverpool have gone a massive 23 years since winning their 18th top-flight title, and Manchester United look set to face a knock or two, if they don't bounce back from the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Keown said: "United will look across to Merseyside and realise the dominance Liverpool had in the Eighties disappeared when Kenny Dalglish left.

"Confidence can be brittle and can melt away.

"Sir Alex’s history earned United a lot of points before matches started and there now has to be a determination from United players to prove they want to be part of a new future."

After a crushing 4-1 loss against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month, and a disappointing result last weekend against West Bromwich Albion, it's no surprise that morale is low in the United locker room so far this season.

Critics have asked whether David Moyes serves as a suitable replacement to the recently retired 'Furious Fergie'. However, it's not all doom and gloom for the Old Trafford outfit.

"It's by no means terminal, but they've got the flu and need to get better," added Keown.

Manchester United are set to travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday to take on struggling Sunderland in their next Premier League match.

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