Manchester United are a club in crisis again following back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Burnley.
Supporter unrest with the Glazers and Ed Woodward continues to grow, while many of the club’s fans are rapidly losing faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Red Devils find themselves fifth in the Premier League table but are six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and 30 behind league-leaders Liverpool.
United are level on points with Tottenham and Wolves, in fifth and sixth place respectively, and just 11 points above the relegation zone.
If you were to grade United’s season so far you’d have to give them a D. While there have been a few great moments - most notably beating Tottenham and Man City within the space of three days in December - overall things have been hugely underwhelming.
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Former Premier League midfielder-turned-pundit Robbie Savage, who was part of United’s legendary ‘Class of 92’ youth team, has cast his verdict on the current first-team players at Old Trafford.
Writing for the Mirror, Savage has valued each of the players and given one line on each.
He tends to divide opinion, but it’s hard to disagree with too much of what the Welshman says here…
David de Gea
Value now: ‘Worth more, probably £30m, but not his peak market price’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Too many mistakes of late to be regarded as the Premier League's best goalkeeper now.’
Value now: ‘Same, but potentially more’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Big fish in a small pond at Crystal Palace, finding his feet at Old Trafford.’
Value now: ‘Not sure you would get £80m for him today’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Vulnerable with lack of pace around him, hasn't looked world's most expensive defender.’
Value now: ‘Less, maybe £5m’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Good servant and title winner, but injury-prone and best days at United are behind him.’
Value now: ‘Money back at best’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Better season than most, but not in the Rio/Stam/Vidic class.’
Value now: ‘Less, may be worth as little as £15m’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Only 25 Premier League appearances in last three seasons.’
Value now: ‘Maybe £20m and rising’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Happy reminder of United's tradition for producing home-grown talent.’
Value now: ‘Less, perhaps £20m on recent form’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Allegedly highest-paid left-back in the world has gone backwards this season.’
Value now: ‘Less – perhaps £10m’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Bit-part player stuck on fringes.’
Value now: ‘Much less – only £5-8m’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Served his purpose for a couple of years but nowhere near his best now.’
Value now: ‘Maybe £40m and rising’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Arguably United's best player this season, shows heart and desire.’
Value now: ‘Less, maybe £30-35m’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Improved this season, but still doesn't look a United-class player.’
Value now: ‘Less, maybe £10m’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Fantastic professional but he will be 32 in April.’
Value now: ‘Potentially £10-15m’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Hasn't kicked on this season after miracle of Paris St Germain last March.’
Value now: ‘Money back’
Savage’s verdict: ‘The great enigma of Old Trafford – world class, but only in spasms’
Value now: ‘Maybe £20m-plus’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Just one goal this season – are you kidding?’
Value now: ‘More, £30m and rising’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Bright start, pace to burn and promise of more to come.’
Cost: £36m (rising to £58m)
Value now: ‘Money back’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Unplayable when he's on song – but it doesn't happen often enough.’
Value now: ‘£100m-plus’
Savage’s verdict: ‘The jewel in the crown – home-grown and 20 goals this season.’
Value now: ‘Probably £30m and rising fast’
Savage’s verdict: ‘Another youngster underlining true value of academy conveyor belt.’
You have to say that Savage is bang on with pretty much all of his opinions here.
There’s not much that most United fans would disagree with.
Perhaps they’d argue that De Gea is still the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, despite his recent mistakes.
And some would now say that Fred *has* proven that he's good enough for United in recent weeks - although the jury is still out for others.
Aside from that, though, Savage seems to have nailed it.News Now - Sport News