Ole has continued to impress as he remains unbeaten in the league, only dropping two points against Burnley at the end of January. Man United has now recorded eight straight away wins, making Solskjaer the first Manchester United manager in the Premier League to do so. The fans are applauding the Norwegian’s tactical knowledge by getting all three points in a tough away fixture at Selhurst Park with an injury ravaged side.
Someone who has found himself somewhat out of favour is the Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku who netted twice before Ashley Young sealed the deal in the 83′ minute. However, despite scoring twice some fans are unsure of his abilities and question his composure as he continues to miss big open chances game upon game.
Some fans were also disappointed not to see Tahith Chong grace the field as many were expecting him to due to the injuries regarding both Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. However 17-year-old James Garner came on to make his debut albeit just as a small cameo substitution made on the 90′ minute to replace the Brazilian, Fred. Majority of fans are hoping that Ashley Young, despite scoring late on, will not continue to feature so heavily come next season as many believe in the depth of the squads youth players such as Chong, Dalot and Fosu – Mensah (on loan to Fulham) who can help patrol the right side.
The majority of fans are hoping Ole is given the job on a permanent basis as he continues to break records and ensure the club are within a chance of getting top four football come the end of the season; something that looked far out of sight at the time of his arrival.
Please give him the job as a late birthday present lads
Ole Gunner Solskjær has just recorded his first defeat as Interim Manager of Manchester United and I’m afraid to say the team looked toothless across the pitch.
During the opening few minutes of the match the team looked poised to get something from the game. Pressing and closing down high up the pitch; it was evident the team were given instructions to press high and put veteran goalkeeper ‘Gigi’ Buffon under pressure and quickly close him down. However, as the game went on and PSG gained a foothold in the game and began to dominate, the pressing stopped and the intensity from the squad was not good enough.
Pogba was kept quiet throughout the entire game before his sending off, but especially in the first as Marquinhos was providing a fantastic, specific man marking role; somewhat similar to Herrera’s owning of Hazard a few seasons ago.
Injury blows for United as both Lingard and Martial both went off injured throughout the night. Jesse Lingard went off in the first half with what looked to be a hamstring injury and was replaced by the highest paid substitute in Alexis Sanchez. In regards to Anthony Martial, the Frenchman was replaced by Juan Mata at the break as he pulled up with what looked like a groin injury around the half hour mark earlier in the game.
PSG made it 0-1 at 53′ minutes and scored again on the hour mark as both Kimpembe and Mbappe scored for the French champions.
Manchester United looked toothless throughout with Marcus Rashford looking increasingly frustrated with the level of service provided. They barely tested Buffon in goal and will undoubtedly be disappointed by their performance tonight. The game at Old Trafford would’ve been one of the best chances to have beaten the french side as they were without players such as: Neymar, Cavani and Meunier.
Manchester United need to regroup quickly for their FA Cup tie against Chelsea to maintain any ambition of staying in a cup competition as their run in the Champions League looks all but gone. With both Lingard and Martial both potential doubts for that fixture the squad already looks bare in positions and incomings are needed in the summer like they were in the January window but were overlooked instead focusing on extending some dubious players’ contracts.
In this weeks Talking Manchester United podcast Paul and Ash, look back at the game against Watford, giving their thoughts on the performance of the team and individual players such as Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba.
The guys also preview the upcoming games against BSC Young Boys in the Champions League opener and Wolves.
And sticking to tradition, the guys also read out and discuss your tweets to ensure you remain involved!
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