Danny Mills claims that Manchester United’s reliance on Daniel James underlines the issues at the club.
James moved to Old Trafford during the summer from Championship side Swansea City for an initial fee of £15m and has scored three goals in eight games.
Although United fans have been raving about James’ start to the season, Mills says that the youngster’s form only highlights how far the Red Devils have fallen.
“The new kid on the block, you’d usually you’d get 10 minutes off the bench, 20 minutes off the bench, a start in the cup, maybe a start in the league, back on the bench for two or three games – that’s the way Manchester United used to be with young players in the squad.
“Suddenly now he’s almost the first name on the team sheet and he’s the go-to guy to create chances score goals and score goals.
Mills added: “That speaks volumes about Manchester United and the dire situation Manchester United are in.”
United are currently enduring one of their most difficult starts to a season in the club’s history.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League table and are 15 points behind leaders Liverpool after just eight games.
United’s woes also extend to the Europa League, where they sit in second behind Serbian side FK Partizan, after drawing against AZ Alkmaar.
The poor start to the season has led to questions surrounding Solskjaer’s future, especially after losing to relegation favourites Newcastle United at the weekend.
The Red Devils host Liverpool after the international break and will look to end Jurgen Klopp’s winning start to the season.