Manchester United won’t like this Liverpool claim made by Wolves star
Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Diogo Jota has claimed Manchester United risk losing their global appeal unless they start winning more trophies.
United, who travel to Molineux on Monday night having been beaten twice at the ground last season, are football’s traditional heavyweight club after decades of success.
But they haven’t won the Premier League for six years and in Jota’s eyes, risk being overtaken by the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City in the popularity stakes.
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“Of course Man United will always be a great team,” said the Portuguese, who struck twice against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last term. But when City and Liverpool are winning titles, they have more fans supporting them in Portugal.
“It has to do with the moment and we have to be honest and say that Liverpool is having a better moment right now than Man United.
“Everyone likes winners and when the younger fans look at other countries, they like to see a team that is winning like Man City and Liverpool.”
Jota struck against United in the league and the FA Cup at his home ground last term, but the hosts now boast Harry Maguire – the world’s most expensive defender – in their backline.
However Jota knows how to get the better of Maguire having scored a hat-trick against the England international’s former employers Leicester City in January.
“This is a new season – nothing to do with matches last season,” the 22-year-old told the Daily Mail. “If you looked at Manchester United in their first game against Chelsea, they looked very strong. I think it’s going to be hard for us. We have to hold them when we need to, then try to get on the attack.
“United have tried to improve their team and have had time to work with each other in pre-season.
“Of course Harry Maguire has qualities but our job is to try and get past him. Those valuations for players are hard to explain. The market is unreal but it’s nothing to do with me. It is to do with the clubs and the moment we are living. I know the defenders we have in our team and I trust them.”