The worst begin to a season at residence for 48 years. The primary Manchester United group to concede 4 first-half targets at Outdated Trafford since 1957. The longest run and not using a win at Outdated Trafford since 1990.
The data proceed to pile up for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Saturday’s draw towards Chelsea. Simply days after what many described as a tactical masterclass towards Paris Saint-Germain on the Parc des Princes, Solskjaer performed it secure a lot to the dismay of many United supporters.
Whereas intense criticism of the present United supervisor could also be harsh in per week the place the Reds beat PSG and drew with certainly one of their fundamental prime 4 rivals, there’s a sense three factors had been there for the taking towards Frank Lampard’s males, however Solskjaer was unwilling to take a danger. It appeared each managers had been content material on avoiding defeat at Outdated Trafford.
The United supervisor named the identical beginning XI that defeated Newcastle within the Premier League, opting to go away the likes of Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek on the bench.
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Telles’ omission, specifically, was a telling signal that Solskjaer positioned larger precedence on defensive solidarity than attacking impetus. The Brazilian made his United debut within the win towards PSG and impressed in Paris, resulting in requires him to start out in Saturday’s fixture.
Many supporters and pundits have been fast to level to Telles’ defensive deficiencies however United ahead Marcus Rashford was impressed along with his show towards the Ligue 1 champion.
He mentioned: “They’ve some unbelievable gamers. Neymar, Mbappe and [Angel] Di Maria. Within the low block it may be robust however the full-backs defended unbelievably. Once we defend like that, man to man, we are able to do nice issues.” Solskjaer additionally lauded the summer season signing’s capability from lifeless ball conditions.
The goalless draw towards Chelsea was the primary time each groups have failed to attain in a league sport since Bruno Fernandes joined United in the summertime. His arrival from Sporting Lisbon injected some much-needed life into the United facet and resulted of their cost up the desk final season. Fernandes, being the fierce competitor he’s, was left annoyed as United looked for a winner towards the London facet.
A 79th minute nook was cleared however discovered it is approach again to Fernandes exterior the realm. The Portuguese playmaker anticipated Shaw to make the overlapping run down the left to open up house or forge a crossing alternative however the defender remained rooted to the spot, leaving Fernandes to gesture the place he ought to have ran.
It is not possible to know whether or not Shaw was instructed to restrict his affect in assault however each the participant and supervisor should shoulder a few of the blame for such negativity. The sport towards Chelsea was Shaw’s 101st within the Premier League for United, wherein he has managed simply seven assists – 4 of which got here within the 2018/19 season. He ended final season with zero assists within the league.
For comparability, Telles has managed at the very least eight assists in each certainly one of his season’s for Porto. In fact, the Portuguese first division is approach beneath the usual of the Premier League, however United now have an offensive minded full-back who will help flip attracts into wins. They have to use him.
It is time for Solskjaer to take some dangers as United search to finish their latest residence report and Telles is without doubt one of the names who must be first on the group sheet.