‘There’s been improvement, but…’– Charlie Nicholas rates United’s performance from 2019-20 season

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Manchester United secured a third place finish in the Premier League in the just concluded season, after a brilliant run of form, that saw the club remain unbeaten from February.

The club was particularly near-flawless after the resumption of the league, following a brief suspension which was necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, with players like Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial firing at top level.

The Red Devils resumed the season in fifth, behind Chelsea and Leicester City, and somehow, managed to turn it around. However, during his end of season rating of teams’ performance, Sky Sports pundit, Charlie Nicholas said he wasn’t satisfied with what he saw from United last season, and he believes the club could have done better.

He said: “I’m not enamoured by Manchester United. I think they’re miles away. They finished third, but Leicester fell apart a bit, Chelsea were stumbling all over the place, take nothing away from them getting into the Champions League or from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer personally, but the reality is still that they’ve been poor.

“They got there because of the failure of some of the other teams. We know Bruno Fernandes has given them a massive lift, at the back I don’t think they’ve improved dramatically, I don’t think their defenders or full-backs are the best defenders, and I don’t think they’re a passing machine in midfield too. There’s a lot of work still to be done.

“But making the Champions League mitigates some of that. There’s been improvement, but I don’t think it’s been as eye-catching as some of the other teams.”

Charlie went on to give United a ‘C+’ rating.

What do you think about this? Do you agree with the pundit?