Manchester United struggled to make their dominance count for the third consecutive game and were lucky to come out with a point.
Clearly, Manchester United are in a struggle. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been keen to emphasize the importance of passion when it comes to wearing the colors of England’s most successful club. However, things said at the presser have thus remained in the confines of media sessions.
The team is clearly struggling to stamp its authority in games against opposition that may seem plucky but shouldn’t be a problem when it comes to dispatching them.
In the game against Southampton, Manchester United looked like a team willing to return to their former glory days only for the first 30 minutes. An amazing goal by Daniel James, the youngster’s 3rd in four games, set things in motion for the Red Devils.
It is quite surprising to see Manchester United come to rely so heavily on a player who only made his senior team debut 18 months ago and is playing in the Premier League for the first time in his career.
He might be a huge talent, but the young Manchester United winger still has a few aspects to his game that need to be worked on. One cannot blame James even if he is inconsistent but it is shocking to see that more than Paul Pogba, it was the former Swansea man who was being looked at by teammates for creativity.
It is an appalling state of affairs in all honesty. While Marcus Rashford is seen as a player who should be assuming more responsibility, the young forward is only a year older than Daniel James and shouldn’t be expected to perform like a player at his peak age.
It’s understandable that the blame of most results always falls on Paul Pogba but really blaming the World Cup winner is nothing but turning a blind eye to the club’s real shortcomings. While he was in poor form against Southampton with tons of misplaced passes, there were always those moments that give us a sense that there is greatness somewhere and Manchester United are desperate to see that player too.
Throughout the summer transfer window, a lot was said about the club’s need to sign another midfielder. Regardless of whether Pogba stayed or didn’t a new midfielder was needed. Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera were sold this year and no replacement was brought in.
Pogba is expected to be a dynamic multi-tasking midfielder and that is perhaps why he struggles to showcase his true self on a regular basis. Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay are talented players but aren’t expected to be dominating the middle of the park.
Perhaps the club should have been more proactive about its interest in Bruno Fernandes who reportedly wanted to come to Manchester United.
As things stand, Manchester United are in real trouble and with zero creativity in the final third, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be really concerned about what could happen.