Manchester United: Five things the Red Devils need to do to return to glory
Manchester United are in a mess at the moment. The club is 12th in the Premier League after eight games, with just two wins so far. They are already 15 points behind league leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool. To make matters worse, a top-four finish is looking increasingly unlikely.
The problems have been varied at Old Trafford this term. From injury issues to a lack of form, United have stuttered in the new season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian has overseen United's worst start to the season in the Premier League and fans are beginning to lose patience at the moment.
The Red Devils have lacked determination and ideas on the pitch and have consistently failed to create enough chances in games. Injuries have revealed that the squad is quite thin, while the deadwood present is still hurting the club. The recent fall from grace might be drastic, but the roots of the problem are far deeper than they appear right now. To put things into perspective, the Red Devils are only 2 points above the relegation zone and face an undefeated Liverpool side next.
However, it is nothing that cannot be fixed with the right kind of planning. Today, we point out five things that United needs to do to get back to their glory days.
#5 Refrain from quick fixes
Since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, Manchester United have appointed four permanent managers, but have gone backward instead. The legendary Scot might have been guilty of leaving an aging squad behind, but it was a team that had just won the Premier League by an 11-point gap! United was the team to beat and the club every one looked up to, however, it has all gone downhill from there.
At Old Trafford, there is a burning desire to match the legacy of the past, an inclination to touch the bygone glory days and that has affected the long term planning of the club. United have opted for quick fixes, they have resorted to players and managers who were not suited to the philosophy of the club, like Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini (despite his highs), to name a few and have expected immediate results. This has not worked well so far.
The need of the hour, as such, is to abandon all temptations of quick fixes. Rome was not built in a day and even in testing times like these, patience is the key. Manchester United need to opt for long term planning and build from scratch right now. They need to be patient with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and give him the right amount of time to build a team for the present and the future.