Former Everton and Aston Villa striker Andy Gray believes that there is something wrong at Manchester United because of which they are struggling to cope in the Premier League.

The Red Devils succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad stadium having gone down to 10 men after Chris Smalling was sent off for having received a double yellow as early as in the first half. The 20-time Champions have won only three out of the nine games thus far and are facing their worst start to a campaign in recent history.

Much was made of Louis van Gaal's appointment following his successful stint at the World Cup with the Dutch national side, leading them to the semi-finals where they were undone by Argentina. However, the way Van Gaal marshalled his limited troops was appraised by people from all quarters and he was expected to turn United's fortunes around when he took over the throne at Old Trafford.

The manager has failed to live up to expectations and Gray is not willing to let him go lightly, stating that the only reason he is not getting much flak is because he is a big name and has won numerous titles with other clubs.

"You know why he [Val Gaal] is different [and is not getting stick]? Because he's a foreigner and he comes with a very big CV of managing some of the biggest clubs in the world. I can only think that's bought him some time," Gray told talkSPORT.

"But at £250-odd million they are the most expensive team in Premier League history and they haven't won an away game in the Premier League this season. There's something wrong somewhere.

"That spell of 15-20 minutes at the end of the City game got Van Gaal out of [trouble] because it was spirited, but for £250million spirit should come as a given. It shouldn't be an issue," he concluded.