Man Utd’s high-pressure, counter-attacking format has only resulted in two wins so far in the Premier League. Coupled with certain players lacking form and confidence, it may be time to shuffle his deck…
Premier League sides have quickly figured out a system to get at least one point against Man Utd; a compact defence. Wolves, Palace and Southampton all defended in a similar manner and Man Utd completely lacked the quality to pick them apart.
This means that Solskjaer and his coaching staff need to implement and perfect a ‘Plan B’, and they need to do it fast.
Furthermore, some players in the starting eleven are too out of form to risk playing in such big games. The following players should be replaced, as they either need a break or a reality check…
Victor Lindelof recently described his national performance against Norway as ‘horrible’. As well as being the cause of some of the goals conceded this season. His form and confidence are at an all-time low. This could result in Axel Tuanzebe finally making an appearance, and could serve as a defensive lifeline should he perform to the best of his ability.
Similarly, Jesse Lingard has been under heavy scrutiny. He has failed to score or assist in the Premier League during 2019 and is invisible and ineffective in a majority of his appearances. Listening to the fans by replacing him with Angel Gomes will excite them beyond caring much for the final result, as most admit they expect very little from the club this season.
If you think that’s enough of berating Man Utd’s starting eleven, you’re wrong. Marcus Rashford has been off the pace since the end of Solskjaer’s unbeaten run after being appointed as caretaker manager. The Englishman played as a number 9 against Southampton and robbed Daniel James of two or three assists by not having the pedigree to sink the ball into the net.
Daniel James performs better than Rashford off the left-hand side, and Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial are much more natural number nines than he is.
So where does this leave the academy graduate going forward?
Should Man Utd opt for the same lineup and tactical approach, it is fair to say that the Reds will yet again drop points on their own turf.