Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has brutally criticised three “ordinary” stars at Manchester United and says none of them will be “long-term” players at the club.

Erik ten Hag has attempted to put United back on track and secure major silverware at Old Trafford after succeeding interim manager Ralf Rangnick last summer.

The former Ajax manager enjoyed success in his debut United season after leading the club into the Premier League top four and lifting the Carabao Cup.

However, Ten Hag has been on the growing end of early criticism this season after United’s hard-fought win over Wolves at home and defeat to Tottenham away.

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Souness takes aim at ‘ordinary’ United stars

Ten Hag was forced to deploy Marcus Rashford down the middle against Wolves and Tottenham due to the absence of summer signing Rasmus Hojlund.

The United boss started both Alejandro Garnacho and Antony in his side’s first two Premier League matches, but his attacking trio have struggled to make an impact.

Souness has now pulled no punches towards both Garnacho and Antony, as well as criticising other winger options at United like Jadon Sancho.

“On the wings, you look at Jadon Sancho, Antony and Alejandro Garnacho,” he wrote for The Daily Mail.

“I don’t think any of them are good enough to be United players long-term and take the club where they want to go as a giant of world football. They’re ordinary.

“In terms of recruitment, Ten Hag [has] been heavily reliant on players he knows. Last season he signed Antony and Lisandro Martinez and now he’s signed Onana. They all played for him at Ajax, and have now got to turn up for him.”

Souness also questions Fernandes as captain

Bruno Fernandes inherited the United captaincy from Ten Hag after former West Ham target Harry Maguire was stripped of the armband.

But the 28-year-old Portuguese midfielder has come under criticism over his antics on the pitch and questions have been raised over his ability to be United captain.

“I’m mystified by the decision to make Bruno Fernandes captain,” Souness said in his column.

“I saw him at Anfield last year and he totally gave up at the home of their biggest rivals when it became clear United would get nothing from the game.

“He’s a talented boy, but there are big questions marks that come with him.

“He shows disrespect to his teammates on a regular basis by shrugging his shoulders and pulling faces, holding his palms outwards to the sky when they fail to pick him out with a pass. He is just not captain material.”

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