Manchester United’s problems are widespread and deep-rooted, and the reality is the club may not have the right people in the right places to fix too many of them. But there are two scenarios the manager must have been dreading privately as he battles to prevent a season that always threatened to be a struggle from descending into calamity. The first was a bad injury to Marcus Rashford, the second the loss of McTominay for any sustained period of time. … [Read more...] about Manchester United look utterly spineless without Scott McTominay – how can a club this big be so reliant on such a young player?
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As for Solskjaer, he was forced to embark on emergency surgery to his wounded team at half-time. Jesse Lingard was replaced with Nemanja Matic with the midfield overrun. There were two teenagers in the starting line-up – Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams – and a third, Angel Gomes, introduced in the second half. Solskjaer’s faith in young players is admirable but this was the wrong game against the wrong opposition. … [Read more...] about Brilliant Manchester City demolish Manchester United to take step towards Carabao Cup final
A measure of how becalmed United are nowadays is that even Roy Keane is defending their honour against Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports studio, arguing in favour of “more time - another year at least” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Liverpool’s fans dream of Jurgen Klopp staying forever. United have lost nine of their last 16 away games in the league: a damning statistic, without Solskjaer being the one who deserves to be damned. An accumulation of errors in recruitment and strategy has led an inexperienced manager and fan-favourite to the point where he is welding youth on to a base of older but mostly sub-standard players acquired by Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. … [Read more...] about Grit displayed by Man United is meagre comfort for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but he has little else to go on
Maguire looked in considerable discomfort as he left Molineux and subsequent scans are believed to have shown that the defender has suffered a muscle tear at the top of his hip. Diogo Dalot, the United right-back, was troubled by a hip problem during pre-season at the start of the season and another defender, Axel Tuanzebe, has also struggled with a hip injury this season. … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Harry Maguire faces sustained spell on sideline after injury is confirmed as torn hip muscle
To this day, Van Gaal insists he did not see his sacking as Manchester United manager coming, confident private assurances from the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, meant more than the persistent chatter about Mourinho being lined up to replace him. … [Read more...] about Jose Mourinho returns and Mauricio Pochettino enters the job market – a dual shadow has been cast over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer