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3 Reasons Why Manchester United Have Struggled This Season

Amuda Segun

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The Manchester United faithfuls have been left frustrated by their team and its inconsistent displays under the guidance of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer had a fantastic start as a Manchester United manager in the middle of last season as he won 14 out of the 17 games managed by him in all competitions.

That record was as an interim manager and he has struggled to go close to it during his time as a permanent manager dating back to March 2019 when his appointment was confirmed.

Solskjaer has been very vocal about the rebuilding job at the club but not all the Manchester United fans are convinced about his ability to lead the Red Devils back to where they belong which is at the top of both English and European football.

Manchester United have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the English Premier League this season as it’s always difficult to determine the Manchester United team that will turn up for games.

Solskjaer and his Manchester United players have already lost to bottom three teams like West Ham United and Watford in the Premier League, while they have beaten top four teams like Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester City. In addition, Manchester United are the only team to take points off league leaders Liverpool in the league this season.

Let’s examine the three reasons behind their struggles this season:

1. Solskjaer Factor

The Manchester United manager has had to deal with a lot of injuries but that is not enough to mask the lack of ruthlessness on his part.

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was known for his ruthlessness during his time at Old Trafford and Solskjaer will need to tap from his well of ruthlessness to stay in his current job linger than expect.

2. Lack Of Midfield Quality

Frenchman Paul Pogba is the best midfielder at Manchester United without a shadow of doubt but he has been restricted to just eight games in all competitions this term and that has affected the midfield output at the club.

He’s expected back from injury later this month and fans would be hoping to see more quality/creativity from midfield when he returns in addition to the recent signing of world class midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

3. No Rashford, No Magic

Manchester United have been overreliant of Marcus Rashford who has scored 19 goals in all competitions. His recent injury has exposed how over-dependent they have been on his goals and attacking talent.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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Man united fans disagree with Solskjaer on this one thing

Timothy Aiyeku

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Jadon Sancho

Everything looks alright at Man United because of the fine form of the team and the smiles that have been put on the faces of the fans, but there could still be one thing to disagree about.

The summer window transfer market is something every club and their fans anticipate as the target is to recruit more additions to help strengthen the team.

For Man United, the focus has been Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on the player.

The Norwegian manager has not spoken much on the need for defenders, as a matter of fact, he dismissed talks of that topic when he stated that he has got a number of them at the club, and this is where the problem lies.

Man United fans seem uncomfortable with the stance of the former Red Devils player. They could start throwing stones.

Commentators opine that there is a high need of defenders to help balance the team and give depth because of the shaky performance of the legs available at the Old Trafford.

This could cause fracas between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the fans in the coming season especially if he insists, and the defensive department does not get better in any way.

The Red Devils have been linked to Nathan Ake but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to dismiss the speculations.

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Who Chelsea fans should hold responsible for defeat

Timothy Aiyeku

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Frank Lampard

Chelsea suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and that has got everyone talking.

The chance of getting into the top four positions is now slim because they could be reduced to the fifth position if Leicester City and Manchester United beat Bournemouth and Aston Villa respectively.

In his analysis, former Arsenal player Ian Wright noted that Blues’ defender Andreas Christensen was bullied by Sheffield United attackers and could not hold on.

More so, he claims that manager Frank Lampard should be held responsible for the defeat because he was naive, especially for trying to play in a shape like Man United.

According to the Gunners legend, Chelsea players were unable to have their stance on the pitch as their midfielders and defenders were overpowered.

While admitting that Frank Lampard will be disappointed, Wright stated that they lacked intensity and pace to keep down the pressure from their opponents.

It is now obvious that fans will have to wait until the end of the season to know who joins Liverpool and Man City for the Champions League ticket.

The contest is between Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City with the Red Devils looking real for the challenge.

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New Bruno Fernandes already found at Man United

Timothy Aiyeku

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Bruno Fernandes

Man United have been all agog with the presence of Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes has he has come in to deliver good performances on the pitch for the club.

The Red Devils secured the services of the midfielder from Sporting Lisbon and there has not been any regret as he has become a force in the team, scoring goals and delivering assists. More to the results he has helped to improve is the fact that he has brought out the best of controversial France international Paul Pogba, as well as helping him to settle at the club.

However, Man United fans have reasons to be happy as they might have gotten a new Bruno Fernandes in the club with like-performance and quality.

Hannibal Mejbri is the young 17-year-old that has been tipped to step into the shoes of Bruno Fernandes in no time. He joined the Red Devils academy from French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco just 12 months ago and has attracted a lot of attention with his performances.

The analysis rates him as the sixth on the ranking of midfielders at the Old Trafford, starting from the senior team which makes him closer to working with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Hannibal Mejbri will continue his progress with Man United and will continue to learn from the Portuguese international.

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Man United in advanced talks with biggest summer transfer target, not Sancho

Timothy Aiyeku

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Man United have been linked with a number of names ahead of the summer transfer window and with the latest reports, they are making progress with one of the biggest names.

It is claimed that the Red Devils are in advance talks with Federico Chiesa, according to Italian publication, Corriere Fiorentino. It is reported that Man United have agreed to pay a fee of £50 million to Viola to land their 22-year-old star in this summer transfer window.

The young lad has been impressive so far, scoring six goals and providing three assists for his team this term to make him get the attention he has from Europe.

A major challenge is that Federico Chiesa is reportedly not sure if he should make a move away from Viola this term and he is considering all options before giving his nod to the deal.

Federico Chiesa seeks to be sure he would be handed a regular playing time in the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team because he wants to represent his country in competitions and that will be a major criterion.

Meanwhile, Man United’s summer transfer deals are highly dependent on their qualification to the Champions League next season, according to claims already made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Solskjaer breaks Man United fans heart with transfer claim

Timothy Aiyeku

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The hopes of Man United fans to have their club engage in the summer transfer market might have been shattered by the claim credited to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils boss confessed that the transfer plans of the club are unknown at the moment because of a number of factors. According to him, the extent of activities in the market will be highly dependent on the position of the team on the EPL log at the end of the season.

Should the Red Devils fail to secure qualification to the Champions League, they might not be able to land some of their targets.

Man United are currently off the top four positions and the fight to earn a place is ongoing but a difficult one. They will be hoping to displace Leicester City with few games left.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa star Jack Grealish are amongst the names already mentioned to be on the wanted list of the club in the summer window.

This, therefore, means that Man United may be forced to change their transfer plan and move for other targets or remain with some of their players if they fail to secure Champions League football.

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Why Man United should not celebrate form yet

Timothy Aiyeku

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Gary Neville

Man United have enjoyed good runs of results in their fixtures, especially with the restart of the Premier League.

They are yet to suffer any defeat in about 16 games across all competition and the goal margins in recent games have spoken volumes.

Suggestions by Gary Neville, a former player is that they have enjoyed good fixtures that have come with no real challenge.

According to Neville, the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team will need to play one of the top teams like Liverpool and Man City to be sure they are now at their best.

While noting that his former team have been comfortable, Neville is happy the Red Devils will face a test from Leicester City who are ahead of them. According to him, The Foxes have done well this season to deserve where they are and they will give United a good test.

Neville is, therefore, optimistic that the Red Devils will finish in the top four should they continue with their fine form by winning their remaining games left in the season.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils stand the chance of facing a real test in the competitions aside the EPL to prove their supposed quality in coming weeks.

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The analysis that has been unfair to Man United

Timothy Aiyeku

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English Premier League club Man United have been enjoying great form and this goes with the rise of a number of youngsters in the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

While new recruit Bruno Fernandes is being praised alongside Paul Pogba for their fine form and contribution, the names of young lads in the team have also been blasted.

Mason Greenwood tops the list of the youngsters in the team owing to his awesome performance since the restart of the season, with many pundits singing his praise.

However, Owen Hargreaves is of the opinion that the analysis of youngsters at the Old Trafford has been unfair to Phil Foden, hailing the lad as a more interesting and special player.

According to the former Man United player, Foden is more special than any kid at Man United.

Owen Hargreaves recalls when he was at Man City for a coaching course, he stated that Foden was with the U14 and was half the size of everyone in the team but he was the best, stressing that he had to be clever to be ahead.

He added that Foden scores four to five goals in each training session.

Admitting that Foden has grown, the former Man United player rates him as the most co-ordinated player whose age shows that he is doing more than everyone.

However, he expressed delight that with these young talents, the England national team can boast of a good future, citing the likes of James Maddison, Jack and Mason Greenwood.

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Chelsea, United to battle for Pellistri

Timothy Aiyeku

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Two English Premier League clubs Chelsea and Man United are set for a battle off the pitch over the signature of Panarol teenage star Facundo Pellistri ahead of the summer transfer window.

Both clubs are keen on the star player and have set a target of the summer transfer window to snap him up.

Facundo Pellistri has impressed with his Uruguayan club and could be set for Europe with interests growing over his signature.

Italian Serie A champions Juventus are also reported to have been monitoring Facundo Pellistri and will make a bid for him in the summer window.

His Uruguayan club are willing to let him go for a £10 million fee which all suitors are willing to pay but Chelsea is tipped to be favourites, reason why manager Frank Lampard is making efforts to act fast.

Both Man United and Chelsea will be busy in this summer transfer window as they look to compete for titles in the coming season.

The Blues team has already confirmed two signings, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively but are looking to add more while Man United is focused on finishing the season before engaging in the summer transfer market.

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