Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has suggested the squad underperformed last season.
Succeeding David Moyes would appear on the face of it to be a much easier task than directly following Sir Alex Ferguson, but Van Gaal disagrees.
In Van Gaal's eyes, Ferguson left Moyes with a team of winners. He says he is inheriting a "broken" squad.
"No," Van Gaal said when asked whether following Ferguson would have been harder.
"I don't agree. I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona the year after he won three titles and there wasn't a problem (Van Gaal won the league that year).
"When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think.
"When you look at the squad, there is quality. There is (Wayne) Rooney, (Robin) van Persie, (Javier) Hernandez, (Danny) Welbeck, but you also see Juan Mata, (Marouane) Fellaini, and you see (Ander) Herrera. There are a lot of players that can play in the same position.
"It is not in balance. It's more difficult to succeed in a difficult situation than in a fantastic situation."
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