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5 things that went wrong for Manchester United

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9.65K   //    02 Jan 2018, 13:06 IST

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Manchester United fans could be forgiven for believing that the glory days of old were back again at the start of the season because such was the confidence derived from their team’s early season form.

Fast forward to the New Year, Manchester United are second on the table 12 points behind Manchester City – who are yet to play in 2018, same as Chelsea who are only 2 behind them in third.

A lot of factors can be attributed to the team’s worrying decline as the season progressed but we are going to look at 5 reasons why their season has not gone according to plan.


#5 Pogba’s ill-timed injury and ban

Manchester United v FC Basel - UEFA Champions League
Pogba's injury affected Manchester United's form

The 2017/2018 season was supposed to be the season where the Frenchman finally started to justify his massive transfer fee and at the start of the season, he was doing just that.

Pogba was dominating matches, showing off his vast array of skills, making great runs into the box, scoring and assisting goals and was the main cog in the early season machine but a hamstring injury in his side’s first Champion’s league game of the season halted his progress.

Manchester United started falling off the pace during his 2-month absence and won only 4 of the 7 Premier league games he missed, losing 2 and drawing 1.

His return resulted in 4 straight wins in the league including brilliant away victories against Watford and Arsenal but a red card in the latter ruled him out of the much anticipated Manchester derby; a game United went on to lose and which effectively put an end to their title ambitions.

The 24-year old is undoubtedly the most influential player in the current Manchester United set up, and this was on show again in the first game of 2018 - as he gave a man of the match performance to lead his team to a 2-0 victory against Everton at Goodison Park.

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