9th October, 2019
Manchester United is surely not having the best of times of recent. Their results so far this season have been anything but encouraging in any way whatsoever.
It would be an understatement to say Manchester United have not had a good start to the season. This is a team that ordinarily should be a title contender based on their history and their current squad, but right now have absolutely no chance to fight for the 2019-20 Premier League title.
Of course, that sounds crazy to say considering the fact that there are 30 matches left in the season, but it’s the reality as things stand right now.
Most United fans must have felt very excited after United defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the opening weekend of the league action.
However, that proved to be a flash in the pan as those days are now gone and buried in the past. It only takes a look to see where Manchester United are in the standings right now.
ManU presently sit in 12th place and are just two points above the 18th-placed side, Everton. In other words, Manchester United are two points away from landing in the relegation zone. Who would have seen this coming?
Surely none of the numerous fans that throng the Old Trafford week in, week out. Fortunately however, Manchester United have plenty of time left to turn things around.
The Reds may not be able to fight for the title, but a good run of results could allow them to fight for a UEFA Champions League or a UEFA Europa League berth. However for that to happen, some changes have to be made to the way things are currently being done at the club.
The following will have to happen as fast as possible.
Defender Harry Maguire was brought in from Leicester City to anchor the defence, but he hasn’t been able to do so. Then there is Jesse Lingard who looks like a shell of his former self. Marcus Rashford is only averaging over two shots per game, which is not ideal for the starting striker of a top team.
Apart from Daniel James and Scott McTominay – two players that shouldn’t be handling most of the load – most of the first-team squad players have under-performed. Needless to say, that’s not a recipe for success.
Right now, United have not won their last three Premier League matches. They have won just once in their last five contests (W1, D2, L2). They have won just two games in eight contests (W2, D3, L3) and, if we also include Cup competitions, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won just three times (excluding ET and penalties – W3, D5, L3). The trend is clear here. This team is not performing according to expectations.
That situation has resulted in the call from some quarters forthe sack of the coach. That however, will not solve the problem at all.. After all, we’re talking here about the same manager who went undefeated in his first 12 games as Manchester United gaffer. He could not have forgotten how to manager from one day to the other. He however will need to tweak things a bit in order to get back to winning ways.
The last one has absolutely nothing to do with the club, and it’s just pure luck. Something The Red Devils have lacked of late, particularly on the fitness side of things.
Important first-team players such as Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have all missed games in recent weeks.
Of them all, Shaw, Pogba and Martial have been out longer than expected, and they are three of the best players United currently have. All three should be regular names on the starting XI if everyone’s fit.
These three are expected to be available after the current international break, though. So there’s some silver lining for United after all.
Will that be enough to turn the season around? That’s a different question altogether. But something must be done before another crisis starts at Old Trafford.