The final time Manchester United received a Premier League recreation at Previous Trafford they put 5 targets previous Bournemouth in a 30-minute blitz that summed up their type within the top of summer season.
United hit the bottom working when the 2019/20 season resumed and the 5-2 win over Bournemouth on July four was a positive instance of the devastating attacking type which noticed them win 4 consecutive video games by a three-goal margin, the primary time any facet had accomplished that in Premier League historical past.
When Mason Greenwood (twice), Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes struck in opposition to the Cherries United heading in the right direction beneath Solskjaer, with that attacking quartet on the coronary heart of the renaissance.
However since that win on America’s Independence Day Previous Trafford has turn out to be a lot simpler to overcome. Southampton and West Ham claimed attracts there within the ultimate weeks of final season and this time period Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal have received at Previous Trafford, with Chelsea additionally taking a share of the spoils.
United have claimed two wins in European competitors at residence in that point, a non-event in opposition to LASK Linz and the spectacular 5-Zero demolition in opposition to RB Leipzig, however that is accomplished little to paper over the cracks on the home entrance.
Previous Trafford has regularly misplaced its aura over the previous seven seasons, even with 76,000 followers in attendance, however now it is empty it is levelled the taking part in area even additional and United are paying the value with a string of poor residence outcomes which have contributed to leaving them down in 14th within the embryonic Premier League desk.
United have two of their eight Premier League video games at an empty Previous Trafford, however they had been the primary two, a positive efficiency in opposition to Sheffield United and that snug win in opposition to a Bournemouth facet doomed to the drop.
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to once more engineer a climb up the desk after a disappointing begin to the season then that residence report has to enhance.
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Solskjaer has tried totally different techniques to elicit a change in fortunes, together with going again to a pre-match keep at The Lowry forward of the goalless draw with Chelsea. For the reason that COVID-19 lockdown gamers had been staying at residence the evening earlier than Previous Trafford fixtures.
That dour fixture that United earned some extent may need been a touch they had been stepping into the fitting path and the reversion to acquainted strategies labored, however they had been again to being lacklustre within the defeat to Arsenal.
Excuses will probably be minimal this weekend when a West Brom facet who already appear like relegation certainties go to Previous Trafford. The Baggies have three attracts and 5 defeats from eight Premier League video games to this point this season and Slaven Bilic is already feeling the warmth.
United eased the strain on themselves with a powerful win at Goodison Park earlier than the worldwide break, however they now must convert the shape that has seen them win at Luton, Brighton (twice), Newcastle, Paris Saint-Germain and Everton this season into extra spectacular shows at residence.
United entered the worldwide break by successful what was arguably their most vital match of the season at Everton on Saturday.
The under-pressure Reds got here from behind to beat the Toffees due to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first objective for United.
United have a two-week break with lots of their stars heading off on worldwide obligation – we’ll be conserving tabs on how all of them carry out, and on preparations for his or her subsequent Premier League match in opposition to West Brom.
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The following week ought to present the perfect alternative to construct up some momentum at Previous Trafford. West Brom ought to be among the many extra compliant guests this season and questions actually will probably be requested if they are not crushed, whereas revenge will probably be on the menu when Istanbul Basaksehir go to on Tuesday. Victory in that recreation would put United again answerable for qualifying for the knockout levels of the Champions League.
It seems like United are solely ever one consequence from being wrapped up in disaster discuss as soon as once more and that might nicely be the case if they do not declare two wins out of two at Previous Trafford subsequent week. If they will safe back-to-back wins it might go a protracted strategy to fixing these residence issues.