24th April, 2019
These are surely not the best of times for supporters of Manchester United as the challenges facing the team at the moment seem to refuse to abate.
Neighbours Manchester City are the latest to add to the challenges as they came to Old Trafford and went away with the maximum three points courtesy two goals scored by Bernado Silva and Leroy Sane.
As a matter of fact, with Manchester United’s performance continuing to nose-dive with this 0-2 loss to Manchester City, someone jokingly said that if he was to be in Solskaer’s shoes, he would ask the Manchester United Management to reverse its decision to appoint him as the substantive manager so the team can return to winning ways again.
The Red Devils have now lost five of their last six matches across all competitions.
The most intriguing aspect of this situation is the fact that these same players were playing some good football and getting good results only a few weeks back when the new coach, Ole Gunnar Solskaer was appointed as interim coach of the team.
But from the moment the coach was confirmed as the substantial manager, the team’s performance suddenly nose-dived. Is there a connection between the two scenarios? Difficult to say at this point.
As for the visitors from the other end of the city, it was surely a very vital victory for them in their quest to win this season’s Premiership title as Liverpool continues to breathe down their necks with just a point difference between both teams.
ManCity could not count on the services of their once again injured star mid-fielder Kevin de Bruyne but did not miss him too much as their major weapon this season – a very solid bench- took good care of that situation easily.
As the situation stands presently, this team has a very good chance of retaining the title they won last season as they have now crossed most of their major challenges with just four more matches to play in the season.
As far as Manchester United are concerned, their chances of making a top four finish this season is almost impossible right now.
As a matter of fact, many football analysts including yours truly, believe that their major challenge right now is how to do some damage limitation as their current situation smells of an outright crisis in the offing.