For every United fan it was another stab in the heart on Saturday used. As in 0:5 against Liverpool, the Red Devils had no chance against their city rivals. The 0:2 score does not reflect Skyblues’ dominance initially.
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Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent his team onto the field in a more defensive 3-4-1-2 after a pressing disaster against Liverpool. Walls against City at Old Trafford – a questionable strategy that never worked.
The frightening negative streak of Manchester United
City played cat-and-mouse with United in the first half, and wingers Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus repeatedly forced United’s midfielders to back the three defenders in first-half positions. So the home team played almost continuously with a defensive series of five players.
In the first half, Solksjaer turned into a back four, but by that time the kid had already fallen into the well. Especially since United did nothing offensive even after the break. In the past half hour, Ronaldo and co did not even hit the goal, the Red Devils scored a total of four ball contacts in the city sixteen.
The negative snail gradually takes on ugly features. United have lost six of their last 12 games and won only four points from their last six Premier League games.
One value in particular underpins the catastrophic record in matches at home: 21 percent of all defeats at Old Trafford in the Premier League – England’s top-flight has been called that since 1992/93 – Man United ceded under Solskjaer.
Old Trafford, formerly known as The Theater of Dreams, is a theater of nightmares under Solskjaer’s leadership.
More and more United fans are turning away from Solskjaer
Bare numbers alone deprive the Norwegian of his right to exist as the coach of the Red Devils. Evaluation of a coach’s work is based primarily on results, and this is also the case in England.
In Solskjaer’s case, there is also the impression that his team cannot even begin to compete with the best teams in the league. It was pathetic to see the mediocre ways United tried to hold out against Liverpool and Man City. Never before has the proud club been humiliated in two consecutive home matches in the Premier League. “Ole’s at the Wheel,” guest fans sang mischievously—actually a positive ManUtd fan hymn.
“Beat Liverpool, beat City. It’s unbearable as a United fan,” said Gray Neville, like Kane’s player legend and TV expert today.
Fans are now used to a lot of grief and are moving further and further away from fan favorite Solskjaer. Halftime whistling parties are now standard at Old Trafford.
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Accusation: Too many coaches and unequal treatment of players
And even within the team, there are clearly more and more reservations about Solskjaer’s work. It is reported that Brundo Fernandez internally complained that the coach would not treat all players equally. One indication could be the replacement of Marcus Rashford against City. Although Rashford missed the last two training days before the city duel due to the bitter cold, he was allowed to participate for 25 minutes.
On the other hand, Danny van de Beek, who cost United €45m in the summer of 2020, is still outside Solskjaer’s rule. When the Dutchman finally came onto the field in the 80th minute, it was again, according to Old Trafford. Fans celebrated his 24th birthday.
According to the Daily Mail, players are also tired of Solskjaer’s coaching staff. The team says there are too many young coaches with very little experience in day-to-day work.
Cristiano Ronaldo between genius and madness
And what does the star actually do? Currently standing alternately for genius and madness. In the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo saved his team in both matches against Atalanta Bergamo with a last-minute goal (3:2/2:2) and possibly Solskjaer from being sacked.
Cristiano Ronaldo in a Manchester United shirt
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However, in the league he was marked by poor performances, degrading gestures towards his teammates, and unnecessary ruthlessness – all signs of frustration. According to the “Sun”, Ronaldo is “shocked” by the development of the club since his departure in 2009.
Given the status quo, fans and experts alike are wondering why Solskjaer hasn’t been fired yet.
Why is Solskjaer allowed to continue?
Nibelung’s loyalty to the Glazer family and CEO Ed Woodward to the coach seems to know no bounds.
Neville doubts the math: “Ed Woodward will retire as Manchester United’s chief executive at the end of the year. He doesn’t want to go down in club history as the last official act of firing the coach.”
However, many English media now assume the opposite. Calculation: United are using the upcoming international break to find a suitable successor. Manchester United will play their next match on November 20 against Watford. There are increasing indications that Solskjaer will not be sitting on the Red Devils seat anymore.
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