It’s becoming harder to defend Solskjaer: 3 talking points as Man Utd draw with Aston Villa

Another poor performance and result from Man Utd – drawing 2-2 against Aston Villa, who have a dodgy record away from home in the league this season.

After going a goal down, Manchester United fought back to take the lead, before conceding an equaliser just two minutes later.

United scored twice thanks to a Tom Heaton own goal and a Victor Lindelof header.

Here’s three different takes on the game:

False promises

The players surely know that every game now is a must win, yet persist with underwhelming performances against lesser sides. It’s not good enough.

United keep throwing away points from winning positions and when Solskjaer promised us an attacking side that would work harder than everyone else, we all thought we’d be in a better position to play that way at this stage of his time in charge.

You look forward to watching United all week, even build your weekend around it, and then the game comes to disappoint.

The likes of Villa see us as a side there for the taking. And we can all see why…

It’s becoming harder to defend Solskjaer

I don’t like reading through Twitter after games, especially when we drop points because of the knee-jerk reactions. I’ve also tried my best to back Solskjaer — wanting to see him get the time to build his own side — but some of his decisions are indefensible.

While a match changing assist from Andreas Pereira helped United go level, the Brazilian shouldn’t be starting games week-in week-out regardless of injuries.

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United need Scott McTominay back desperately but alternatives should be considered in the meantime.

There is an argument that Solskjaer hasn’t got a lot to select from with such a thin squad, but it doesn’t quite water anymore when the manager keeps selecting underperforming players.

Improved defensively? 

Five goals conceded in the last two games, against mid-table teams. In the summer when United signed Harry Maguire we thought the Reds would be more solid at the back but that has not really been the case.

The lads really need to step up with Tottenham and Man City games around the corner. While City are without Sergio Aguero through injury, I’d fancy a bunch of postmen to break through our midfield and take advantage of the sloppy defending regularly on show.

It doesn’t help that our midfield is as weak as kittens.

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