Manchester United are definitely far from the finished product after being unable to get into their rhythm during the second half.
It is clear that Manchester United are long way away from becoming genuine top 4 contenders, let alone title challengers. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team worked hard throughout the summer but it is clear that they are not there yet.
The opening day of the season saw Manchester United thump Chelsea 4-0 so many fans expected the team to do well against Wolves. This is the same team that made life difficult for the Red Devils last season.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are well-organized and one of the hardest teams to beat away from home. However, the way United turned out after the break showed that the team badly needs consistency.
Performance levels aren’t there yet at all. While they did start the game on a strong foot, there was always this feeling that Wolves would come out of their shell eventually. And whatever Santo said in the dressing room at half-time, worked.
The home side came out intent on making life difficult for Manchester United and deserved the well-taken equalizer from Ruben Neves. They might have had another one had the post not come to De Gea’s rescue following Raul Jiminez’s glancing header.
The fact that this team cannot keep its performance levels the same in both halves is a major concern for Solskjaer who wants his team to play a particular way.
The full-back conundrum
Truth be told, Manchester United could do with some attacking intent down the flank. Against Wolves, both Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka struggled while going forward. While the two men are solid defenders, they just don’t showcase a lot of attacking acumen.
Due to this, the players ahead of them end up having less attacking options on the break. Solskjaer really needs to tackle this issue because the team cannot score freely without full-backs heavily involved in the build-up play.
Down the flank, Manchester United have players who can beat opponents for pace. However, things are very different in the midfield. Paul Pogba is unquestionably one of their most creative forces. However, the Frenchman is too inconsistent to be relied upon.
The club was desperate to sign a creative midfielder throughout the summer with Bruno Fernandes the name constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford. The decision to not sign the Portugal international could come back to haunt the club.
Trying something different
Eventually Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to test out the other options he has at his disposal. Manchester United could do with some inspiration as the season wears on. During preseason, a lot of academy graduates were given a chance.
Mason Greenwood has so far been given a few minutes while Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are yet to feature this season. Perhaps giving these youngsters a little more time on the pitch could fast-track their development and give the Norwegian tactician a few more options he can rely upon.
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