Manchester United’s away form took another massive hit as they lost 2-0 to West Ham United on Sunday. The Red Devils are in heaps of trouble as their time on the pitch showcased a largely uninspired lot who were unable to maintain an attacking edge despite the pace at hand.
The Hammers won the game courtesy of goals from Yarmolenko and Cresswell and the Mancunian side emerged from London with an injured Marcus Rashford- another woe for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s practically handicapped forward options.
The backlash from the loss was a tough one to manage as social media, in particular, was harsh on the Norwegian gaffer and his tactics.
In the aftermath of this loss, the comments of one man stand out quite prominently.
Jose Mourinho, commenting on the loss of his former club, was critical in his judgment, stating (via Sky Sports): “Any positives? No. We were bad last season, but I don’t see any improvements this season. I like the three (signings), they bring some good quality to the team. The team as a team, I don’t like at all. I’m not surprised by the result.”
More or less spot on from the Portuguese tactician. United don’t lack talent, their team is riddled with quality who happen to be routinely afflicted with injuries.
To top it off, the board at Old Trafford refuses to spend adequately on reinforcements, leading to such scenarios wherein Solskjaer is at wit’s end to choose his lineup from.
Further, it is evident that the gaffer prefers to field an ideal starting eleven and use his set tactics on them to garner a victory. A slight change in the equation and the Red Devils are in trouble, as has been illustrated on multiple occasions since last season.
It is too early to toll the knell for Solskjaer’s time at United, but the core issues need to be addressed or else the end picture will be an all too familiar one.