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5 things Manchester United need to change under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Shambhu Ajith
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Modified 09 Oct 2020, 13:57 IST
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After finishing the 2019-20 season on a high and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, it looked like better days were finally on Manchester United's horizon. However, it was not to be as the board did not have any intention of backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer window.

Social media has been awash with Manchester United fans' discontentment over the same and the media scrutiny has certainly not helped. The lack of a pre-season and several other controversies away from the pitch meant that Manchester United started the new season off on the wrong foot.

Though we're only three games in, there are quite a few things that need turning around inside the Red Devils' dressing room. Without further ado, let's take a look at five things that Manchester United need to change under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


#5 Bench Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw in action against Brighton & Hove Albion
Luke Shaw in action against Brighton & Hove Albion

Now, this might be a little harsh because we have seen how important Luke Shaw can be to Manchester United. One could say that it was perhaps Luke Shaw's absence in the final stages of the UEFA Europa League that disadvantaged the Red Devils against Sevilla.

However, Luke Shaw has started off the new season on an abysmal note. Positionally, he has been way off. Shaw's decision making is horrendous whilst defending. He hasn't been able to combine with Rashford like he used to when Manchester United were thriving towards the latter part of last season.

The Englishman hardly ever puts a good cross in. In fact, Luke Shaw whipping in a lobbed ball into the box is almost unseen. Shaw needs to be benched immediately and new acquisition Alex Telles should be fielded in his place. Telles is way more versatile and productive than Luke Shaw.

It's about time that Shaw improved a lot of aspects in his game and some competition and tough love could nudge him in the right direction.

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#4 Manchester United should try a new midfield combination

Manchester United Training and Press Conference
Manchester United Training and Press Conference

The double pivot of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba with Fernandes working ahead of them has clicked for Manchester United in the past. But let's be real, teams are now getting well used to that and against the low-blocks, this trio is starting to become ineffective.

While Matic is good at progressing the ball by passing it through the lines, a lethargic Paul Pogba has been awful to watch. It's probably fatigue or the fact that he's still recovering after contracting the coronavirus but Pogba is doing nothing to help his case or the team.

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When Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are both on the pitch, Manchester United are far too slow in midfield. They do not move the ball fast enough to upset the opposition's defensive shape or rhythm. Manchester United have a unique tool in their kitty in the form of Donny van de Beek.

So it's high time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to try out a new midfield combination because this one is clearly broken.

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Published 09 Oct 2020, 13:57 IST
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