Manchester United are in a complete mess and the players are the ones to blame for it, according to Premier League icon Gus Poyet.
The former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder insists that United have had enough "top managers" over the past few years to suggest that blaming the man in the dugout is nonsensical, especially since the same on-field problems keep occurring.
"After Mourinho left, it was clear the problem was not with the manager, but everyone still thinks it is," Poyet speaking exclusively to Lord Ping.
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"David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are all top managers, it's definitely down to the players now."
Poyet suggested that United's squad was chock-full of players with weak mentalities who struggle to push themselves, and their team-mates, through tough periods – of which there have been plenty in the last decade.
"To be a Manchester United player you need to have quality technically, physically, tactically, but most importantly, mentally. Certain players that have been there for years are not coping with the situation well mentally. It's the players who play, not the coach," Poyet said.
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Despite a string of promising on-field performance in pre-season, Erik ten Hag's reign got off to the worst possible start on Sunday with United losing 2-1 at home to Brighton, leaving a gloomy cloud hanging over Old Trafford.
Having spent the summer chasing an uninterested Frenkie de Jong and appeasing a stroppy Cristiano Ronaldo, United have managed to drag all the uncertainty and inadequacy of last season into the new campaign, totally cutting the legs out from under Ten Hag during what was supposed to be the start of a new, and more importantly, different era.
Poyet added: "We're talking about Ronaldo again as the problem, but they lost because Brighton did their jobs. We need to stop thinking it's the manager's fault. I can't see how Manchester United will recover, it does not look easy from the outside."
Poyet spent seven years in England as a player, four with Chelsea and three with Tottenham, before returning as a manager in 2009. He's had stints in charge of Brighton and Sunderland and is currently managing the Greek national team.
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