​Former ​Manchester United and ​Liverpool striker Michael Owen has opined that the Red Devils are regressing after each defeat instead of picking themselves up and progressing.

The 1-0 loss to Steve Bruce's struggling Newcastle United was United's third defeat of the season and it meant that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side is now 12th in the table after taking just one point from their last three games.

United were without the services of regular starters Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on Sunday as a Matty Longstaff scored the winning goal for Newcastle.

And ​former Red Devil Owen believes that just Fred, Axel Tuanzebe and Diego Dalot from United's starting XI against Newcastle are good enough to play for the club.

“They haven’t got the players, they’re simply not good [enough],” Owen told Premier League Productions as reported via Manchester Evening News.

He continued, "That first XI, I’d say there are three players, maybe four, that should be Manchester United players for the future. If you’re looking to build that club back to where it was, then there’s probably three or four in that first team."

Owen further revealed how he felt regarding Solskjaer's post Newcastle interview as he said, "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his interview afterwards, I was almost slipping down my chair, it was almost like he doesn’t know what’s going wrong, let’s say."

He continued, "We can all speculate as to what’s going wrong. He can look over his shoulder and think ‘down the road you’ve got Jurgen Klopp, you’ve got [Pep] Guardiola - these are managers that are actually improving their players, they’re getting the best out of their squad’."

Revealing what he feels about this United side, Owen concluded, "I’m looking at that [United] squad and, if anything, the players are getting worse. They’re devaluing, as a squad they’re getting worse. Where is it all going to end?”

The Red Devils face leaders Liverpool after the international break and will take the field already 15 points behind Jurgen Klopp's side.