Pundit Alan Shearer Shearer insists Manchester United need to show consistency like crosstown neighbours Manchester City if United are to enjoy anything close to success this season.
Despite our late win against Brentford on Saturday, the former Premier League striker is not convinced United have turned the corner.
He wrote in his BBC Sport column: “This is just a blip for City, and it won’t be long until they are back to their best. I am not convinced the same applies to their neighbours Manchester United, who fought back brilliantly to beat Brentford on Saturday but continue to struggle for any kind of consistent form.
“There is still time for Erik ten Hag’s side to find their feet but I think there are deeper-rooted problems at the club, which will take time to iron out. Before the season started, I backed United to make the top four again, but they are just not as good as I thought they would be – at least not yet.
“Late comebacks like the one they produced against Brentford can be a turning point in a team’s season, but I don’t think that will be the case for United. I need to see more evidence than that to suggest that they are back, and I haven’t seen anywhere near enough from their performances all season to think they can challenge for the top four.”
Currently, United are 10th in the Premier League, five points off the top four, and bottom of our Champions League group having lost both of their first two games.