At the start of this season, if you were to ask any football fan which team looked the best. The obvious answer from every fan was Manchester United. Manchester United was the team to beat this season. The team featured the best of line-ups. The Red Devils have players like the GOAT Ronaldo, strong as ever Varane, quick as breeze Jadon Sancho and to top it all they have their regulars in Phil Jones, Rashford, and Harry Maguire. Manchester United had all the ingredients to win the Prem this season. So, where has it gone wrong? The possible reason is the managerial flaws. Here is a look: –
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Lack of Ideas in Mid-Feld: –
The central mid-field has always been a problem for the Red Devils. Apart from the attacking point of view, where the team has Paul Pogba, the loophole is evident. However, a team cannot afford to buy out the best players in every position. It is up to the manager to bring the best in the options they have. The options that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has included Nemanja Matic with his experience, Donny Van De Beek, and Fred. Of the available options, Ole Gunnar has chosen to persist with Fred, even after multiple poor performances.
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth: –
The other case with Manchester United is the presence of too many options in the attack line. These options are not just fringe players, but players who can be stars for other clubs. Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Antony Martial, Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard, and Mason Greenwood. The problem is that these options lead to a lack of consistency. Ole Gunnar isn’t able to manage so many egos at once. He has to find the right combination and stay with them for a considerable amount of time. This will help the players, gel well.
Lack of Innovation and Like to Like Changes: –
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always had this criticism that he makes like to like changes. For example, if Marcus Rashford is playing in, he brings him out and puts Antony Martial in. Both the options involved here are almost the same. Here, there is no tactically move. His changes do not involve changing the positions of players or changing the formation. Manchester United is sticking to the 4-3-1-2 which has been successfully decoded by several clubs. The strategies were so poorly formed that even the Young Boys decoded and tore Man United apart.