5 problems Manchester United need to address
If Manchester United wish to contend with the best of the best, they are going to need to solve these five problems.
It hasn't been a terrible season for Manchester United. They are still just about clinging onto second in the league, and have a decent shot at both the FA Cup and the Champions League. That said, Manchester United are supposed to be the biggest team in the world and they haven't been playing anywhere near the level they should be at.
If United want to have any chance of challenging their noisy neighbours sometime soon, or even thwart their closest rival Liverpool's attempt to steal second position from under their noses, they are going to need to address these five problems:
#5 Paul Pogba
Let's address the elephant in the room first - no matter which way you look at it, Pogba is not currently performing at the level he should be.
This isn't about harping on and on about the £90 million that Manchester United paid for him, which pretty much everyone has been doing and isn't particularly fair. The fact that United spent so much on Pogba is not his fault, and shouldn't be used to put additional pressure on the player or criticise him.
Prior to his red card at Arsenal, Paul Pogba was the absolute driving force of Manchester United and his sending off ruined what had the potential to be a great Manchester derby. His creativity was unmatched and his touches and skills on the ball were immense. He was clearly having fun with the likes of Lukaku on the pitch and it showed in his football.
Paul Pogba is a quality footballer, and when he plays with flair and happiness, United thrive. But the current Pogba is merely a shell of his start to the league - slower, less confident, and having no creativity whatsoever. They desperately need him to find the form he had before his suspension if they are to bag some silverware this season.