Manchester United have made a poor start to the Premier League season, despite winning four out of their opening five games. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was backed over the summer but has failed to kick on after last season’s second-placed finish.
The Norwegian manager oversaw United’s drab defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final and made sure to strengthen his squad, with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo all joining the club in high-profile transfers.
The early optimism surrounding Manchester United has swiftly ebbed and they now find themselves with just 14 points from the first nine Premier League rounds.
Perhaps even more alarming has been United’s poor pressing this season. Opposition teams have found playing against United comfortable, with their disjointed press easily surpassed with simple passing.
— United Journal (@theutdjournal) October 25, 2021
As the stat above showcases, Manchester United rank bottom in the Premier League in two categories. They are the worst in terms of attempted pressures and successful pressures, which subsequently adds pressure on the side’s midfield and defence.
The players have to be questioned but clearly, this is where the coaching comes into play. Solskjaer has failed to implement a good press and as things stand, it’s his biggest worry.