After a period of relative calm and balance, Manchester United were poor yet again as they lost 1-0 away to AFC Bournemouth. Former Red Devils Joshua King scored the winner in the first-half in a beautiful piece of football.
For their part, United had great intent but couldn’t capitalize on the potential of their attack and once Eddie Howe’s team took control of the game there was little to be done.
In the midst of the mediocre football from the side, fans had time to poke fun at one peculiar incident.
In an attempt to turn things around for United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought on Jesse Lingard in the 68th minute. The change was an apt overview of the Red Devils’ plight with a poorly performing Andreas Pereira being subbed off and replaced by an equally form-shy Lingard, in a hope to score or create a possible equalizer, no less.
With him, came a note from the manager, presumably a set of instructions to sure up their attack. They clearly didn’t work as United failed to net a goal in the dying minutes of the game, although to their credit they did put pressure into the home side, who defended exceptionally well.
Twitter went on to have a great time poking fun of the note incident while trying to recreate what may have been said.
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Jokes aside, the warning bells are back for the Norwegian gaffer. United have been linked to a number of playmakers in recent days, and the winter windows need the arrival of an apt no.10.
Although all three of their substitutions today were academy graduates, it is quite telling of their plight when it was more of an indication of the team’s general poor showing than actual brilliance on part of the youngsters who could do little to change the outcome.