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3 concerns which need to be addressed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

Suman Dey
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
2.88K   //    04 Feb 2019, 19:56 IST

A tough month ahead for Solskjaer.
A tough month ahead for Solskjaer.

The 2018-19 campaign started in a somewhat controversial manner for the Red Devils as the club suffered a disappointing pre-season which led to Mourinho complaining about the lack of transfers till the time he got sacked. United endured one of the worst starts to their Premier League campaign, and the performance against arch-rivals Liverpool proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United appointed a former player and club legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the caretaker manager until the end of the season. The Norwegian had a stellar start to his managerial campaign, winning nine out of ten games in all competitions. The players have looked happy, and there is a sense of positivity around Old Trafford which eluded the fans for all these years. 

The most notable change under Solskjaer's reign is the performance of few of their star players like Rashford, Pogba, Lingard, and Martial. Pogba and Martial had a fallout with Jose which somewhat affected their form, but now both of them are looking a completely different player under the new manager. Even Marcus, who seemed to play under enormous pressure, is looking relaxed and has cemented his place as the number one striker in the side. 

Despite some eye-catching performances, the recent 2-2 draw against Burnley and a hard-fought win against Leicester shows there are still some loopholes, and Solskjaer needs to address those immediately as a tough test lies ahead in February. 


#3 Average performances week in and week out from Ashley Young

Young has been disappointing for United in recent times
Young has been disappointing for United in recent times

Ashley Young has been a loyal servant to the club since he signed in 2011. The former Watford and Aston Villa player started his career as a left winger, but with age, he has established himself as a full back who can play in either flank. 

There is no doubt about Young's crossing ability. The way he used to curve those inswinging crosses is a delight for any forward to play. However, he has looked a mere shadow of himself in recent times. Playing as a right back under Solskjaer, Young's crossing has been weak and so has the defending. 

In a recent match against Leicester, he got caught out of position on several occasions and even overplayed a few simple passes at the other end. The problem Solskjaer faces is that United don't have a reliable backup for Ashley Young.

Valencia is struggling for fitness and Dalot is not yet ready for the Premier League. With some tough fixtures coming up, it would be interesting to see how Solskjaer changes his tactics to get the best possible results from those games.

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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