Louis Saha believes Manchester United will never recoup the glory experienced under Sir Alex Ferguson no matter what they may achieve.
United crashed out of the Champions League and FA Cup quarter-finals and finished a distant sixth in the Premier League this season. Adding to their woes was the 32-point deficit to rivals Manchester City in the league table.
The Red Devils’ decision to name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Jose Mourinho’s replacement appeared to pay dividends. The Norwegian had won 14 of his opening 17 matches in charge at Old Trafford.
Among them was that famous Champions League last-16 comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
But six defeats and just two wins in their final 10 games of the season ensured United would finish on a new low.
Despite appointing four different managers since Ferguson retired in 2013, United haven’t won the Premier League since the legendary Scot left them.
Now, Solskjaer will embark on a big rebuilding job on the squad during the summer. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already promised him financial backing for the transfer window.
But Saha believes the return of the Ferguson glory days is impossible for United.
“I fully believe they will come back, but you need to understand that in football you might copy it, but it will never be the same,” said Saha, according to Daily Mirror.
“The element of surprise is gone, because you think, ‘Well, we’re expected to do this’. It’s a job.
“United have the back up of having the fans who will always be there so it’s a case of working hard – going back to basics.
“It’s been painful the last few years, but I’m certain Ole and his staff at the club will provide a superb base.”
Saha played for United between 2004 to 2008, where he scored 42 goals in 124 appearances. Aside from three Premier League titles, the Frenchman also helped them win the Champions League.