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Manchester United: 3 reasons behind the Red Devils' recent struggles

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2.63K   //    04 May 2019, 15:00 IST

The Premier League giants have been on a rough patch of late
The Premier League giants have been on a rough patch of late

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a wonderful start to his life as the Manchester United manager, winning 14 of his first 18 games in charge, which included an incredible turnaround against Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League.

But ever since then, the wheels seem to have fallen off for the Norwegian and the Red Devils have lost 7 of their last 10 games in all competition. The recent slump in form has taken a toll on their chances of finishing inside the top 4 as they find themselves 3 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with 2 games left to play in this season's Premier League.

So, we decided to ananalyzeanchester United's recent slump in form and picked 3 reasons behind the Red Devils' recent struggles:


#3 Poor fitness levels

Manchester United players do not seem fit enough to maintain high-intensity football
Manchester United players do not seem fit enough to maintain high-intensity football

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived as the interim manager of Manchester United back in December, he vowed to bring back the fast, attacking football the Red Devils were renowned for under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Red Devils were just delightful to watch in his first few games in-charge, playing some brilliant football and scoring loads of goals. But that phase has faded now and Manchester United look exactly the same as they were during the final months of Jose Mourinho's reign.

The reason for this drastic turn of form is down to the fitness of the Manchester United players. They do not seem fit enough to maintain Solskjaer's high-intensity style of play, and the last 2 games have been a perfect example of it.

The Red Devils played with great intensity and tenacity in the first half against both Manchester City and Chelsea but failed to maintain the same energy in the second half in both games. They have conceded 15 goals in the second half as compared to 7 in the first half under Solskjaer, which shows that they struggle to maintain the same intensity during the tail-end of the game.

If Solskjaer wants to deploy his high-intensity style of play at Manchester United next season, he would need to improve the fitness of these players and get them back in shape during the pre-season.

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