'The Culture Has Changed And Standards Have Lowered At Manchester United,' Says Micah Richards
Micah Richards has questioned Manchester United's mentality in the Premier League title race and insinuated the club has lost their aura.
Richards' damning comments come after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ruled his side out of the title race following their thrilling 3-3 draw against Everton.
The Red Devils currently occupy second-place in the table and Solskjaer's post-match interview has perplexed Richards who believes the standards have been allowed to drop at Old Trafford.
In his column for the Daily Mail, he wrote: "That is not an attitude I associate with Old Trafford.
"When I was a youth team player at Manchester City, we felt the United lads were cocky and had football arrogance."
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The ex-Manchester City defender continued by recalling his friendship with former Man United youth stars.
He continued: "Every day they were at training, the message was drummed into them from the coaches - a message which came down right from the top of the club: you are the best there is and you are here to win.
"It was a mantra that made them feel invincible, an attitude that rubbed off on everyone.
"You could see it when you turned up for England. I remember Gary Neville would say at the end of each camp: 'Right lads, three points on Saturday then, normal service resumes!'"
Solskjaer's side are five points adrift of their cross-town rivals, who have a game in hand, with Richards not buying that they are not contenders.
"How can Manchester United not be considered title contenders? This is Manchester United! They are five points behind City with 15 games to go," he added.
"The teams play each other at the Etihad Stadium in three weeks - anything is possible in this most unusual season. Why wave the white flag now?
"It says, to me that the culture has changed and standards have been allowed to be lowered. That was never the Manchester United way."
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