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EPL 2016/17: Danny Mills blasts Manchester United and claims only three players could make it into rival teams

Former England international Danny Mills criticised Manchester United for their poor recruitment.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paul Pogba
Ibrahimovic and Pogba have struggled to perform this season for the Red Devils

Former Leeds United and England international has slammed Manchester United over their transfer dealings for the past couple of seasons.

United fell to their third league defeat of the campaign, after the humiliating 4-0 loss to Chelsea, piling the pressure on Mourinho and his players to deliver. Mills reckons United don’t possess quality players in several departments and their recruitments in the transfer markets have been below par. 

Mills claims only three of United’s players in the current squad are good enough to make it in their rival teams and insisted United don’t have calibre world class players anymore.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live Mills said, "They've been very poor, their recruitment has been poor, it's left them in a difficult state. How many of those United players would get into the top five or six sides? Pogba? Yes, I still think Zlatan would get in and also De Gea. Apart from that, I don't think there's many.”

The former Manchester City player also stated the names of a couple of players who need to be more consistent.

"Rashford is a great emerging talent, but he's not consistent; Lingard is a great emerging talent, but he's not consistent."

Mourinho lays down challenge for United’s upcoming fixtures

United welcome City back to Old Trafford in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, with Mourinho calling on his players to be ‘men and not kids’ for the fixture.

United languish in seventh place in the Premier League and a win against City in the Cup will come as a huge morale boost to the side. A win for the Red Devils should help them refocus on the Premier League where they sit six points adrift of the other Manchester club.  

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With Eric Bailly limping off the field in the game against Chelsea and doubtful for the clash, Mourinho has to sort out the problems at the back for United. However, it’s in midfield where lies most of Mourinho's issues, with Pogba not fully settled into the squad, Morgan Schneiderlin still out injured and the duo of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini struggling to put together a string of good performances. 

Bastian Schweinsteiger still remains a part of the United setup but it remains to be seen if Mourinho pulls the former German captain back into the side.  

With games against Burnley, Sunderland, Swansea, West Ham and Middlesbrough coming thick and fast, Mourinho has laid down a marker for his players insisting they have to win these games if they are to contest for the Premier League trophy.

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