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What Manchester United showed us against West Ham United

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Manchester United lost against yet another side they were used to beating a few years ago and it is clear that this team has lost its identity.

Under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United was the bravest of the brave in Europe. Today, this is a team that finds it hard to beat teams that used to fear coming to Old Trafford just a few years ago.

There was a time when The Red Devils would thump West Ham without even playing that well. Today, the club’s fans live in fear of the time when their team would concede a goal.

On Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 2-0 to West Ham and never deserved to get anything out of the game. Clearly, Manchester United of old is nothing but a relic of the past.

The devil is dead, long live the devil!

Clearly, the fear factor has left. The way West Ham United played like a free-flowing team, watching Manchester United players dither was painful to watch. While the club has had the pleasure of enlisting the services of a legendary Serb in the shape of Nemanja Vidic, his namesake isn’t anywhere near the former defender.

Matic can no longer dominate games like he used to while at Chelsea and was simply hounded off the ball by the Hammers midfielders time and time again. It didn’t make it any easier for young Andreas Pereira who was often left exposed.

Midfield is a shame

While you cannot blame his heart and spirit, it is clear that Scott McTominay isn’t the guy to take the club to places. He works hard and fights for the ball but doesn’t have the right creativity to really make a difference. Keeping him in the starting XI rather than looking for a better option in the market is going to ruin the midfield further.

The same can be said of Pereira. The Brazilian’s role at Manchester United is as uncertain as the club’s form. Solskjaer really needs to ensure that the youngster’s end product becomes something of some significance.

Juan Mata is definitely an important member of the squad but the Spaniard slows down the game and needs to be replaced permanently. While keeping him in the dressing room is a great option, you cannot chase the top four with a player who is not suited to the type of football the Norwegian tactician wants to be played by Manchester United.

Rashford reliance

Clearly, Marcus Rashford has been billed up way too much. The striker is a decent one at that.

He isn’t the sort of player who is going to improve drastically in the coming years so clearly, the loss of Anthony Martial was much more dear than the Englishman’s when he had to be replaced by Lingard, another player whose presence at the club raises question marks.

It appears that Manchester United have come to rely on Rashford way too much when they should have looked at other options in the market. The youngster was in poor form against the Hammers and never really looked ready for what was always going to be a tough game.