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4 signs which show that Manchester United are heading towards more difficulty

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1.90K   //    07 Dec 2018, 19:03 IST

They are nowhere near their expectations, and even look worse than last season
They are nowhere near their expectations, and even look worse than last season

Manchester United are one of the most decorated clubs in Europe. Naturally, much is expected from them, but they have disappointed their fans so far in this current season. They are nowhere near their expectations, and even look worse than last season.

Manchester United finished 2nd in the English Premier League last season, but they are currently languishing at 8th. They are 8 points behind the top four spots, and 18 points behind leaders and their noisy neighbours, Manchester City.

Manchester United are also the team which has conceded the most goals among the top 10 teams in the Premier League so far. Their poor defensive record is surprising because Jose Mourinho's teams usually boasts superior rear guard stability. Their goal difference is negative (-1) and they are the second team with a negative goal difference in the top 10 of the league table.

Evidently, there are things to sort out for Manchester United and their manager, Jose Mourinho. Let us evaluate four reasons why they are slowly heading towards more disaster.


#4 Lack of squad depth

Manchester United up against Arsenal in the PL
Manchester United up against Arsenal in the PL

Despite spending relatively heavier than mid table clubs in the Premier League, it seems Manchester United are not getting any better. They are slowly grinding away, but also failing to win points against low key opponents.

It is obvious that Manchester United comprises of good players and boasts of youth players from their academy, but the lack of squad depth is quite alarming. It is more noticeable when their starters are suffering from injury and United don't have players who can fill in their shoes.

It is also impossible to get a repetition of their famous "class of 92" when it comes to youth and academy graduates. But they are yet to push their youth graduates into more permanent roles.

Clearly, there is a huge difference in the quality between the first team players and the academy products, but even their bench strength is considerably low.

Teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea are a notch ahead because depth in a team is needed where teams play close to 50 games per season, more so in a physically demanding league like the Premier League.

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