Manchester United were abysmal as they started the new season with a 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.
Not only were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beaten at home by a team that finished 14th in the Premier League last term, they were largely outplayed.
A quick run through the press and social media over the weekend resulted in lost of negativity for Solskjaer.
Of course, there are people out there who want to see Solskjaer and United fail. That will never change even if a narrative is formed in a bid to see Solskjaer axed at some point.
Anyhow, what I am trying to say is United have played one this season and there is a lot of overreacting within the media. Some may even be tempted to put their money where their month is with betfilter now that the football season has truly begun.
A tweet posted by football author Michael Cox raises a very good point. When you watch Saturday’s loss to Palace back, do you think Jadon Sancho would have lifted the entire level of performance?
Cox questions whether United’s major issue is that they haven’t signed good enough players. “It’s incredible,” he says, making it clear that the issues run a lot deeper.
It is not very clear from Cox’s tweet if the author is aiming a dig at Solskjaer or the Glazers. I would agree to a point that Sancho would have made little difference yesterday, but it’s far from convincing when you see United’s XI on the first day of the season and our right flank is being occupied by Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Daniel James.
Man Utd beaten and largely outplayed by an XI containing (I would say) between 0 and 2 players who would get into the Man Utd side, and we are yet again told that the major issue is that they haven't signed good enough players. It's incredible.
— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) September 20, 2020
That doesn’t bode well for the season ahead but perhaps United will prove us wrong with under three weeks left until the transfer window is shut.
One journalist definitely getting a dig in at Solskjaer over the weekend is The Independent’s Miguel Delaney.
The reputable journalist considers Solskjaer a “needless punt” and suggests his management of United evolves around emotion, rather than anything that would usually see a football manager land one of the biggest jobs in the game.
Again, Solskjaer just feels such a needless punt.
"This might work out because emotions."
Just go out and get the best man for the job.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) September 19, 2020
However, popular radio show pundit Tony Cascarino has made a shock claim that United would benefit from poaching arch-rivals Leeds United’s manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa, 65, became Leeds manager two years ago and has guided the club back to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
Leeds have scored seven times in their opening two Premier League games, with three coming against last season’s champions Liverpool at Anfield on the first weekend.
Speaking about the Leeds manager live on talkSPORT, Cascarino believes the 65-year-old could be just the right man to turn United’s fortunes around, he said: “I think Solskjaer got a lot wrong yesterday because he should have made changes a lot earlier.
“There was no energy.
“I was watching Leeds in the earlier game, and then watching Man United at 5:30pm, and I was thinking, ‘maybe United do need something different’.
“Not players, but maybe they need Bielsa.
“I’m looking at Man United and thinking they do the exact opposite of what Leeds do – they don’t take risks.
“When Ole gets it right – and he has got it right in a good few games – they are offensive and attacking and dangerous from many parts of the team.
“But yesterday they were laboured, sloppy and never had anything which represents Manchester United.”
Let us know in the comments section where you stand on Solskjaer.
Stretty News verdict
Solskjaer pulled off a miracle last season as United finished third in the Premier League. It was disappointing to reach three semi-finals and lose all. He needs a trophy but I can’t fault him on too much.
The Glazers don’t help the situation and will always be a hindrance no matter who is managing United.
I think it will be a difficult season and unless signings are made we’ll likely drop out of the top four.