Fans will have to get used to a new style Man United
By Ian Cruise – @Ian_Cruise
Friday, March 31, 2017
Wes Brown has warned Manchester United fans the team will never be the same again – but has backed them to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s side is unbeaten in the Premier League since losing to Chelsea in October, but have scored only 42 goals in the league this term, significantly fewer than any of their top seven rivals.
That has led to rumblings among the Old Trafford faithful, already frustrated at the poor fare served up under previous managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
But Brown, who won five Premier League titles as part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering side, claims supporters will have to get used to the fact times have changed.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Extra Time, he said: “It’s not the United of old, but nothing will be the United of old. There’s a new manager now and they’re playing his way. It’s his first season and it will take time.
“I like Mourinho. I’m sure the players respect him and I’m sure in the summer he’ll add to the squad and maybe get somewhere near where he wants to be with it.
“His aim this year will have been to get into the Champions League, and he’s still got a chance [via the league or Europa League]. If you look at the league, it doesn’t look too bad. They’ve got games in hand and just have to keep picking up points. Anything can happen.
“The position they are in in the Europa League, you would take proper aim at that and go for it. But looking at the league as well they’ve still got a big chance [of finishing in the top four]. As long as the lads stay focused and just think football and winning and get that mentality going, they’ve got a great chance of doing it. The next three or four games will be a big decider in it.
“I think they’ll do it [finish in the in top four]. If they can win the next couple they can go on from there. I do think they’ll make it. They have class all over the pitch.”
You can listen to the full interview with Wes Brown on talkSPORT’s Extra Time show with Tom Latchem tonight from 1am