Owen: Manchester United Have Not Justified Their A?150m Spending

Michael Owen

Former striker Michael Owen has slammed Manchester United for considering a top four finish as a sign of success, and blames the sideai??i??s attacking forces for performing below par throughout this season.

The Red Devils spent A?150 million to bring in reinforcements in the form of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao amongst others in the summer last year. But despite the massive expenditure, new manager Louis van Gaal, who was brought in to help the club recover from last seasonai??i??s disastrous seventh place finish under David Moyes, failed to turn the team into title contenders.

The Old Trafford outfit are currently fourth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, and seven points adrift of second placed Manchester City.

The club have not lost a single game since their defeat against Manuel Pellegriniai??i??s side earlier in November last year, but their only real hope of winning any trophy is in the FA Cup.

And Owen insists that a spot in the Champions League is the least you expect from a club like United, and feels that even a third place finish should be considered a failure.

ai???People keep saying they are going to get a top four finish and that was the aim,ai??? the former English international said on BT Sportai??i??s Football Tonight Show via the Mirror.

ai???But that (a top four finish) is the absolute bare minimum.

ai???After spending A?150m and having the players they have and the stadium ai??i?? they should be first, second or third. Third should be a bad seasonai???, the 35-year-old continued.

ai???How are they accepting that they are not challenging for the title having spent that money on thoseAi??caliberAi??of players? Itai??i??s not aAi??good season.ai???

Owen also felt that the players upfront have failed to deliver up to their potential, especially Robin van Persie, who is nowhere close to the player he once was, and Juan Mata.

ai???I donai??i??t think any of the strikers are performing,ai??? he said.

ai???Robin van Persie has gone quiet, heai??i??s scored the odd goal, but heai??i??s not the player he was over the past few years.

ai???I donai??i??t necessarily blame the strikers as Manchester United arenai??i??t creating loads and loads of chances.

ai???They are not functioning as a team and if you donai??i??t function as a team, and your strikers and midfielders arenai??i??t working hard then youai??i??ll concede goals ai??i?? itai??i??s not just about the defenceai???, the Liverpool legend added.

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