Troubling times ahead for Ole’s Manchester United
Manchester United have had a less than subtle transfer window so far into the season, and with their new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge, there still seems to be a void that may reflect on his long-term plans for the Red Devils.
With the likes of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire joining the Manchester United squad, the team showed great promise during the start of the English Premier League 2019/20 season, as they defeated Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.
Despite their first win, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long term plans to shape things up at the club seem to be unraveling in the four games since.
CUTTING DOWN DEAD WOOD
When Solskjaer took charge of one of England’s biggest football clubs, it was certain that he intended to bring back the club’s glory, especially post Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. But for that, he believed it was necessary to cut out the dead wood from the team — the under performing players.
After weeding out a few names from the squad, there haven’t been signings of strong attacking players post the transfer market deadline.
LACK OF ROLE MODELS
The transfer market for began full of hope for United fans, where they expected leading role models in the attacking and defensive positions to make an entry at Old Trafford. But to their and Ole’s surprise, the deadline day saw only three signings and an exodus of seven players. This has put the manager in a tough spot and may see his long-term plans go sideways.
With the closing of both transfer windows that could have uplifted the Red Devils’ squad — the Premiere League window, which ended on August 8th and the European market, which closed last Monday (September 2) —the team’s line up falls short on the attacking cavalry and is dependent on youngsters to bridge the gap.
To top it all off, Ashley Young, who is now 34 years old, isn’t the most preferred choice but the only available option to replace fullbacks in the event of an injury or suspension.
With all the speculation and criticism at the start of the season, the boss man still has 34 matches in hand to see his team finish in the top four at the end of the season. Despite their dominant start to the season when they defeated Chelsea 4-0 at home, the next three matches slowed down their momentum, including a draw to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton, along with a loss to Crystal Palace.
Football experts believe that this season’s Manchester United squad is the weakest in the club’s history. And Solskjaer will have to keep everyone waiting till the beginning of the January transfer window in 2020 to get the dice rolling.