Former Man United star claims current midfielders are "relegation standard"

Former Manchester United star Paul Parker has hit out at the club's midfielders
Former Manchester United star Paul Parker has hit out at the club's midfielders / Gareth Copley/GettyImages

Former Manchester United star Paul Parker has slammed into the club's midfielders, calling them "relegation standard", following a poor string of displays.

Ralf Rangnick's side have endured a difficult campaign so far and are seventh in the Premier League. The team, as a whole, has struggled for form, but the midfield has been a particular area of concern.

And following the 1-0 defeat to Wolves, Parker hit out at the midfielders, claiming they are "lacking heart, passion, and courage."

“People have spoken about how they’ve seen Rangnick as a mentor, so you look to him for a structure and what can take them to the next step,” Parker told BetFred, via Metro.

“However, the problem is how can you build when the players you’ve got don’t want to give enough or aren’t good enough to step in.

“We saw that against Wolves. Manchester United have a relegation standard midfield at this moment in time.”

Bruno Fernandes, Fred, and Nemanja Matic have been heavily critised while Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek have been peripheral figures this season, and Parker hit out at the club's big name players.

‘It’s a poor midfield and everybody knows it,' he added. 'Manchester United have names but they don’t have what’s more important than anything and that’s heart, passion and courage.’

There have been reports of conflict and crisis at Old Trafford, with as many as 17 players unhappy and looking for an exit, and a number of players raising questions over Cristiano Ronaldo's status at the club.

The Daily Express has claimed Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood, and Edinson Cavani are concerned about their role in the team and have expressed concerns over Ronaldo's "undroppable" status despite his poor showing in recent games.

Other reports have claimed that as many as 17 players want to quit the club, with a source revealing to the Mirror: "It's not good. The atmosphere is really bad and it looks like there are going to be big problems ahead for United."