Harry Redknapp has produced a damning verdict on Manchester United's title ambitions this season.
Three defeats from nine games has severely dented confidence in Jose Mourinho's side to fight at the summit of the Premier League despite the fact they remain just six points behind current frontrunners Manchester City.
The Red Devils beat their local rivals 1-0 in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night but it hasn't changed Redknapp's opinion on their chances in the league.
Writing in his column for the Evening Standard, the former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss revealed the five teams he expects to be involved in the title race and excluded Man United.
"Manchester United do not look good enough to win the Premier League this season," Redknapp wrote.
"Five teams can go all the way for me - Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool."
Redknapp's criticism of the most successful team in Premier League history didn't end there, though, and he singled out two youngsters who he doesn't think are of the required standard to win the title this season.
He added: "The balance isn’t right at United. I don’t see Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard playing in a title-winning team — one day, maybe, but it feels too soon for them now."
His verdict on two of the club's brightest prospects is unlikely to go down too well amongst the United supporters.
Rashford has rightly earned various plaudits for his rapid rise to the top after making his first team debut in February.
But this season, the 18-year-old has spent most of his time playing out of his preferred position on the left wing which some fear could stunt his development.
Meanwhile, the criticism of Lingard, who scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace back in May, could receive a similar reception.
He might have struggled for consistency in parts this term but his bright debut for England earlier this month showed what he can be capable of.
And even Man United fans will probably admit, there have been a lot poorer players at the club to finish the season with a Premier League winners' medal around their neck in the past so Redknapp may regret writing Mourinho's men off at this early stage.
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