Arsene Wenger believes the current Manchester United players are not capable of converting their promise into trophies.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure as United falter their way through the season.
Last night’s penalty shootout win over Rochdale compiled the misery at Old Trafford.
And Wenger, speaking earlier this month, predicted United would struggle due to a lack of leaders in the dressing
“All these players are not mature enough to carry the team, a team like Manchester United altogether,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS in an interview early in September.
“That’s a question mark now.”
The question of leaders returned against Rochdale as youngster Axel Tuanzebe was named captain ahead of Paul Pogba.
Solskjaer has claimed he wanted someone who could be a captain of the future – signalling Pogba is not in his thoughts.
Arsene Wenger thinks Manchester United lack leaders in the dressing room(Image: GETTY)
Arsene Wenger believes United remain way behind their rivals(Image: GETTY
Man Utd will play Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last 16(Image: GETTY)
“Axel is a captain in the making. He is a leader and why not give it the young kids? ”Said the United boss.
“ We know we can give it to Sergio (Romero), we can give it to Paul – that’s no problem they have been captains before. But it’s Axel so how does he handle it?
“The answer is he did absolutely fine. He enjoyed it so that is just a way of telling him that we trust him. ”
Wenger also said he didn’t think the United squad would be ready to battle for titles when up against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched his side scrape through on penalties against Rochdale(Image: GETTY)
“You feel there’s something coming out, but it’s not ready,” said Wenger.
“That’s why I say when you watch them play, they’re not candidates to fight for the championship.
“Will they emulate what Giggs / Schol es / Beckham did over the years? Personally, I’m not convinced. ”