The recently concluded Manchester United encounter against Liverpool could have gone a whole lot worse. The 1-1 fixture, courtesy of an early goal from Marcus Rashford and a late equalizer via Adam Lallana, was dreaded to be a nail in the coffin of Manchester United’s dwindling season.
Many were drawing parallels to the loss to Liverpool that cost Jose Mourinho his job last December, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lucky to have spent most of the time on the touchline looking at a potential three points itself.
However, the draw against the undefeated table-toppers doesn’t change the reality that United have dropped an abysmal amount of points this season and several from winning positions.
Despite the return of the positive chants for the Norwegian, there are still many in the Old Trafford camp who are not entirely sure about the reign of the former striker.
This is perhaps best illustrated in the manner in which his predecessor was treated on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho was the subject of much love from Old Trafford spectators as he was sat in his Sky Sports booth. In fact, at one point in the game, the Portuguese tactician was even seen blowing a kiss to the fans and beaming at the crowd for their positive response.
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 20, 2019
Many have hailed the former Chelsea and Real Madrid gaffer as of late, with a few even calling for his return to management at the Theatre of Dreams. This warm gesture, in particular, went down incredibly well amongst the fan base.
Amongst the laments against Solskjaer’s reign is the Norwegian’s lack of adaptive ability and tactical brilliance. The result against Liverpool was yet another example of his failure to kill games when in a winning position, a feat the Mourinho had arguably mastered in the Premier League even with a poor quality squad of players.