Jamie Redknapp has suggested it could take months for Ralf Rangnick to get Manchester United playing the way he wants.
The Interim Manager watched his side struggle to a 1-0 win against bottom of the league Norwich, with Cristiano Ronaldo again coming to the rescue with a 75th minute penalty to take the three points.
United though had David De Gea to thank, who made some crucial saves to keep out Norwich and was awarded Man of the Match in what was a lacklustre display from the team.
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp claimed that United’s players have fallen into ‘bad habits’ – which is something Rangnick will have to resolve going forward in his time as interim boss.
Redknapp said after the game: ‘From United’s point of view, this is what I expect from them at the moment there’s a few problems with the system, set-up, it will take time for the manager to bed in what he wants and it’s going to be a case of giving him weeks or months to do that as a lot of United players have bad habits.
‘They don’t chase the ball back, we talk of the modern pressing game that managers want, there’s a lot of players who aren’t doing that in this system.
‘Especially when you play two up front, you leave yourself isolated in wide areas. Sancho and Fernandes have to run with the ball and chase when they haven’t got it.
‘And I don’t think they had the energy to do that today but it’s three points, they’ve got some really good games ahead of them so he’ll be pleased with the points but he can’t be impressed with that performance.’
Co-pundit Dion Dublin agreed with Redknapp and suggested that United fans would go home disappointed despite taking the victory.
He said: ‘They haven’t seen any good football, any good squeezing, haven’t seen any good defending, haven’t seen anything good apart from the result.
‘Man United players as individuals. have to start pointing at each other and saying “that’s not good enough,” because at the moment, old habits they’re doing bad things and then they’re not getting punished because they’re doing bad things it’s been accepted.
‘It’s been like that for a very long time. They have to start looking at their own game.
‘Give me blood, sweat and tears you’re wearing a Man United shirt.’
One of the big problems for United was their sloppy play while in possession of the ball.
Sky Sports reported after the game that Bruno Fernandes lost the ball 27 times during the contest.
At half-time, Redknapp singled out Marcus Rashford for losing the ball and not running back to try and win it back.
After the game, Redknapp added: ‘He (Fernandes) gave the ball away 17 times in the first half, Rashford ten, Ronaldo eight.
‘You talk about players at the top end of the pitch, the luxury players I don’t mind if they’re doing it because they’re trying something special but it was basic errors.
‘Not good enough. Running out wide might not suit him (Fernandes) at the moment watching him today it was a poor performance.
‘Worst thing about it is that anyone can give the ball away we’ve done it hundreds of times but go get it back, but I didn’t see that intensity. And that will be something Ralf Rangnick will be concerned about because the possession lost there is nowhere near good enough.