The chants of ‘Ole’s at the Wheel’ throughout the ‘HoneyMoon’ period gave goosebumps to any United fan, the flashbacks to the ‘Golden Years’ of Sir Alex Ferguson, the fast rapid play, the counter-attacking football right from the gecko set Solskjaer’s journey as United Manager.
The dramatic 3-1 win vs PSG in the Champions league set pen to paper for Solskjaer’s dream job as gaffer.
Since the dramatic win, United have played 22 games winning five, drawing seven and losing ten. Drawing a spotlight toward Solskjaer and raising the question should he remain the manager of Manchester United. Any betting guide would suggest they are in bad form and not a team in good form.
Recent form would suggest that no he should get the sacking but behind the scenes, there is much more. The injury crisis is well known and Solskjaer has only been able to play his starting 11 once this season with 10 of his first-team squad on the sidelines. Solskjaer has stated on many occasions that there will be “bumps in the road” and “ups and downs”. Recently some of these bumps have been bigger than anticipated with the recent 1-0 loss to Newcastle and 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar.
A lack of confidence and creating chances is clear, the players are unable to present an identity to their football and can’t establish themselves. A huge part of Manchester United is their identity of football the fast-paced, counter-attacking football that has been lost since the PSG Victory.
The Summer Signings:
Aaron Wan Bissaka and Harry Maguire were brought in to strengthen the defensive backline. It’s clear that the defensive backline looks more solid and compact but at times they lose themselves and look lost, is this due to bad tactics or a lack of confidence?
Daniel James was brought it to seemingly be a squad player but with his starting form, he has become a weekly starter and seems to be the prospect United fans hoped for. The fast rapid Welshman was a great buy and really shows the start of something Solskjaer is building.
In recent years United have sacked three managers. Each manager got a lack of funds and backing by the board but also had a lack of patience from the fans and the board.
Solskjaer is a fan favourite and will always receive love from the fans but he needs patience more than anything right now. Already given a difficult job, add an injury crisis and a lack of midfielders brought in the summer and you the big ups and downs he had mentioned previously.
Solskjaer is guaranteed to be backed in January and is only a few injury recoveries and signings away from bringing back that football we all loved throughout the honeymoon period.
Patience is key in football and the man who brought back identity and action to Manchester United deserves a chance.
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