The Red Devils slipped to a humbling 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium on Sunday to drop to eighth in the table, level on points with 12th-placed Crystal Palace. The pressure is certainly on for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who needs to implement some serious changes immediately.
Taking one of the top world-class teams who need serious reconstruction and restoring them to their former glory isn’t an easy job. A recent interview with Lee Sharpe reveals that Sharpe believes Solskjaer is the right man for the job and he “He knows that talent only takes a player so far and that it is work ethic and fitness that can take a squad to the next level. He has already stressed he won’t accept less than 100% and he wants his players to be the hardest working in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United fans took to Twitter to complain about the poor performance of the Red Devils and targeted a certain youngster in particular. This person was Marcus Rashford and many criticised the striker for his poor performance in the 2-0 loss to West Ham.
The 21-year-old England International player played for only 60 minutes before going off the pitch with an injury and did not score a single goal in that duration. Many find him an inadequate team player as Rashford was dispossessed not once, but twice and found himself running offside once against the Hammers, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looking toothless against Manuel Pellegrini’s men in attack.
Many are calling him an “overrated” player and Al Foran tweeted a harsh statement about Rashford: “Rashford’s confidence is at an all time low and I genuinely can’t see him picking himself up from it at any point. He’s lacking drive and hunger up front, completely static and not making any runs, inexcusable for a striker like him who is known for his pace”.
Clearly, the team requires major immediate changes and one of those could be the return of the French duo, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. Solskjaer suggested both Martial and Pogba could face Rochdale on Wednesday night, perhaps as a trial run for their fitness ahead of the Arsenal game.
Gary Neville says Manchester United need to buy at least five players to repair their underwhelming start to the Premier League season. Manchester United spent almost £150million during this summer’s transfer window but Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad still needs to be bolstered by ‘five or six’ new players.
“They need a couple of midfielders, a striker to carry the frontline, a wide player and a left back. They know what they want and the fans know that”.