Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was posed extra questions on his Manchester United facet after Sunday’s 1-Zero defeat to Arsenal.
United suffered their third residence defeat of the season within the Premier League as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty proved decisive after Paul Pogba had tripped Hector Bellerin within the field.
It leaves Manchester United 15th within the desk, albeit with a recreation in hand, with two wins from their first six matches.
Regardless of a complete victory over RB Leipzig within the Champions League throughout midweek, additional questions are being requested of United after this newest residence loss.
Here is a take a look at how the nationwide media responded, with Pogba and Solskjaer the headline matters of dialogue.
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Freddie Keighley, The Mirror
The midfield-diamond system which dismantled Leipzig was blunt, whereas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s half-time change of form did not result in an enchancment.
And among the many gamers who struggled most on Sunday night was Mason Greenwood.
No doubt the Pink Devils’ most enjoyable prospect final season, the teenage ahead is and not using a league aim so far this marketing campaign.
Greenwood burst onto the scene within the Europa League final 12 months and his performances shortly prompted alternatives within the Premier League.
Greenwood had a transparent function all through his breakout season – be it Europa League possibility, Premier League super-sub or finally common starter working from the right-wing, however with the scope to chop inside and use his correct and fearsome left foot.
He was direct, did not overly complicate issues and performed with confidence; with the ball at his toes, issues seemed pure and, in stark distinction to James, he all the time knew prematurely what his subsequent transfer was.
This season, nonetheless, Greenwood’s play exhibits a scarcity of actual id.
Jason Burt, The Telegraph
A lot of the main target will centre on a poor efficiency from Paul Pogba, who carelessly conceded the penalty from which Arsenal scored the one aim, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang changing. It ended the striker’s tally of 5 league video games and not using a aim and got here as Pogba tracked the run of Hector Bellerin earlier than needlessly sliding in to catch the wing-back’s proper foot.
It was all so dishevelled however, then, so was a lot about United’s ragged show, as Arsenal ran out deserved victors, having misplaced their previous two league video games. There have been excellent performances within the centre of midfield by Mohamed Elneny and, particularly, new signing Thomas Partey, in addition to within the coronary heart of defence by one other current arrival, Gabriel Magalhaes.
The distinction was additionally summed up by the ambition proven by Arsenal as they poured ahead down their flanks via wing-backs Bukayo Saka and Bellerin, whereas United’s full-backs supplied no width by any means and the midfield diamond that shone towards Leipzig was dimmed. At one stage a forlorn Solskjaer might be heard shouting at Bruno Fernandes: “Bruno! Discover our form once more.” He by no means did.
This was the primary time Fernandes and Pogba had began collectively for the reason that 6-1 humiliation towards Tottenham Hotspur – when Pogba gave away one other penalty – and it appears to be like like one thing has to provide. That one thing seems to be Pogba, who Solskjaer, for no matter purpose, can not get one of the best out of.
Martin Samuel, The Day by day Mail
Paul Pogba obtained the unsuitable facet of Hector Bellerin, and Manchester United served up their fifth penalty in seven residence league video games.
Previous to that, it had taken them 101 league matches to have the identical quantity given towards them at Outdated Trafford. Bit onerous to argue the results of getting no followers within the stadium with numbers like that. Both Manchester United have grow to be exceptionally clumsy since lockdown, or referees did not like getting on the unsuitable facet of 75,000 locals any greater than we thought they did.
There may be additionally the Pogba issue, in fact. He has given away thrice as many penalties as every other team-mate throughout Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 100 video games in cost. And Sunday’s was a very dismal specimen.
Arsenal had been superior, however had missed good possibilities, significantly within the first-half, and will have thought their second had handed. Then Willian picked up the ball on the correct. He tried to lure Luke Shaw into diving in with a couple of intelligent stepovers however the Manchester United man was having none of it. Then he slipped the ball to Bellerin and Pogba took the bait.
There’s a distinction between genuinely monitoring your man and merely taking part in at it.