It was another disappointing evening for the United fans. Manchester United have had a really bad time this season playing at Old Trafford. It’s been a long time since we pulled off a great performance at home. Lukaku, our first choice striker for example, hasn’t scored at Old Trafford since March. The game against Juventus was awful to say the least. With the loss, United are now in a tricky situation to battle it out with Valencia who sit two points behind us.
As things stand, we need to get a result against Juventus at their home. This might look impossible, but I think this season we have been more impressive away than at home.
With the win, Juventus now take full control of group H and require just a point from the next 3 games to qualify for the knock out stages.
United had an awful first half performance. I think apart from the game against Tottenham Hotspur, we have always had poor first half displays. We had an improved second half but still it was below the standard required. Once again we had to rely on the heroics of David De Gea, who made countless saves to keep players like Ronaldo away. Victor Lindelof had a brilliant game too after we had conceded the goal.
Manchester United’s biggest chance of the game came from Paul Pogba who hit the post. Other than that we didn’t really take advantage of Juventus’ poor passes and it cost us. We also had a poor defensive display compared to Juventus, who shut down our attackers.
Another shock for the game was the lack of substitutions. From the game, you could see that players like Mata and Matic weren’t doing so well and I expected at least two substitutions. Why the manager stuck to the same squad for 90 minutes is beyond me, it was a tactical decision I didn’t understand.
We have a serious run of games coming up against Everton, Bournemouth, Juventus and Manchester City. We really need to fix the gaps in our teams.
We need to take advantage of the spot kicks we win and also need to be careful while defending spot kicks. Our defence really needs to up it’s game and so does our attacking set up.
For now, we are really in a tough situation but given the previous displays against Newcastle United and Chelsea, maybe we can expect a turn around in the subsequent games.