It was a disappointing performance from Manchester United after suffering a back to back defeat at Old Trafford Stadium. West Ham United defeated the Red Devils in the EFL cup match before Aston Villa did the same to them some days later. The mood around the old Trafford faithfuls was lifted a bit in the midweek when they beat Villareal 2-1 courtesy of a Ronaldo’s stoppage time winner, but a 1-1 draw against Everton last Saturday seems to be more of the same story of Ole’s tenure at the club.
Kortney Hause’s 88th minutes goal gave Aston Villa their first win at Old Trafford for more than 10 years ago while Fred error from the byline was pounced on by Demarai gray and ensure Townsend seal an equalizer for the toffees last week and further place solskjaer under scrutiny. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not been Impressive as Manchester United head coach this season despite having Cristiano Ronaldo, Varane and Sancho in the team and this give rise to the question as to whether he is still the man to lead the side back to glory or needs to face the axe and replaced by a manager with more experience and title credentials.
Here are four reasons why United would be justified in sacking Solskjaer
#4 Board’s patience with him
Manchester United have insisted they’re behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but they certainly have enough reasons to sack him in the wake of their 1-1 draw against Everton and Carabao Cup defeat to Westham United.
The Norwegian seems to be the manager to have been given more than enough time and financial backing to sign players in the post Ferguson era with the likes of Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho given lesser time to return the club back to glory days.
December will mark his 3years in charge as manager of the club and for all moments and buzz from winning some matches, question mark still remains on the losses to mid table teams and heart break in cup matches and on the big stage.
#3 Inconsistent performances
It’s not just that United have lost many games this season. They’ve also looked nothing short of shambolic in many matches – even some of the ones they’ve won.
When United hired Solskjaer fans thought they’d finally landed a man who would get them attacking with gusto, just like Sir Alex Ferguson did. They can counter attack – but that’s it. That’s literally the only thing they have going for them on the style front.
If the space for counter attack is not given especially against teams that sit back and defend, then they end up sharing the spoils (as seen against Everton) or even losing the match (as seen against westham in the EFL cup and in the league against Aston Villa)
4-0 defeat against Everton, 2-0 lose against burnley, 6-1 lose against Tottenham and some other defeats and series of other shocking results have been seen in his tenure.
#2 United Might Suffer Consecutive Defeats In October
Manchester United will be playing against the best teams in the English premier league in the month of October. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues as Manchester United head coach, it will be difficult for Red Devils to have a point against the likes of Chelsea, Leicester City, Manchester City Tottenham Hotspurs and Liverpool. With champions league match against free scoring Atalanta, they might have a huge mountain to climb if they don’t beat the Italian side.
Having been dumped out of the league cup, and currently behind the Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City in the league after matchweek 7, their season might well be defined by this October/November fixtures after the international break.
#1 Tactical incompetence
United show no tactical identity under Solskjaer. Their main philosophy is to counter-attack open defenses with the searing pace of Anthony Martial, Daniel James (before his exit), and Marcus Rashford and this is their only plan for most of the games. There is no alternative but this plan is crushed against teams who employ deep blocks.
Almost 3years since he was appointed and it’s still pretty hard to say You don’t know United’s starting XI without changes on a weekly basis. The likes of Pep, Klopp and Tuchel all have a key starting XI enroute to their title winning campaigns.
United have given pretty much every team they’ve faced this season opportunities, especially when the ball is turned over.
At home, United seem content to create an open game, trading blows and hoping that the quality of the players will get results. It didn’t prove to be the case against Aston Villa, just as it wasn’t against West Ham in the EFL cup.
Since Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card against Young Boys, United haven’t played especially well for any length of time. The performance in the win over West Ham was patchy, and the display here was disjointed and lacking confidence, worsening as the game went on.
Wolves were unlucky not to win after putting in a strong and entertaining performance against United who had to ease a win through Mason Greenwood’s moment of brilliance but Aston Villa this time caused plenty of problems too and they deservedly won United. The general level of performance is a concern for the fans and on many occasions this season, Individual brilliance has always given United a chance, but the overall standard of the performances needs to improve – and quickly.
The performance of the team in the month of October and November will determine where the manager stands as it might also define United’s season.