The 2020/2021 season opener which saw United lose to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford will be a nightmare the players and the entire fanbase will want to forget in a hurry.
Individually, It was a good start for Donny Van De Beek as he scored the lone goal for the Red Devils. The Dutchman who arrived from Ajax this summer has made a quick start and will be happy to get off the mark.
Given United’s inactivity so far in the transfer market this summer, the Red Devils have to come back stronger when the face Brighton in their next game against Brighton and Hove Albion next week Saturday.
UNITED NEED TO BALANCE THE TEAM
In the first half, United played mostly on the left wing (Rashford, Shaw, Pogba inclusive and Fernandes) in doing so James and Fosu Mensah were isolated and unproductive.
Things changed as Mason came on for James. This is no coincidence as why fans have been lamenting on the lack of signing and insisting on Jadon Sancho who will change the course of United attack immediately and effectively.
The arrival of a suitable right winger or Jadon Sancho will improve the team and create out space while with possession.
After lockdown, Marcus Rashford slightly altered his playstyle by focusing more on his passing.
A player whose strength lies on his physicality and his pace. He seems to have lack confidence in progressing with the ball and it could be a result of his injury. The back injury is a tough one to come off from.
“I had a similar injury, a stress fracture in my lower back,” Van Persie told pressmen during the 2019/2020 season.
“I was out with that for four months. You can’t really do much, just rest and let it heal.”
Van Persie continued – “But it is a difficult one because it always stays a little bit of a weakspot. Even now, it is not that I’m like in pain or something, but it’s a sensitive area. So you have to be really careful with that.”
“When you suffer from injuries, the issue of second-guessing yourself comes up. You avoid certain actions out of fear and in normal life that is fine. On the pitch, it can be detrimental because we lose an element of our attack which was a pillar of our offence.” – @utdarena via Twitter.
The injury can’t be said to be the whole variable to his underperformance but it has played a major role in it and should be highlighted.
Rashford needs to find his form which saw him score 17 league goals last season and hopefully he does that quicker than later.
CENTRE BACK PAIRING
The Maguire and Lindelof pairing which saw United concede 36 goals last season, only Liverpool (34) and City (35) conceded fewer goals last season.
Against Crystal Palace Lindelof caused United a penalty by handling the ball after VAR review.
Will Ole change the pairing of Maguire and Lindelof? With the availability of Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe. The fans reactions over the weekend proved one – Lindelof has lost his coast in the heart of the United faithfuls. United play Brighton next week on Saturday. Will there be changes to the starting XI that started against Palace? Yes.
Is Bailly good enough to start over Lindelof? Yes. There is something to note, a CB-partnership is important as a lot of chemistry and muscle memory is involved. The partnership must, therefore, be made up of two fitness-reliable defenders.
Bailly is not that sadly. Will the newly promoted Mengi take the node ahead of Tuanzebe and Bailly? Ole will have to make the call.
Can we see a false nine in Donny Van De Beek? His goal scorer record and his pattern of play proves so. Will Ole utilise this situation in difficult times? Donny is a kind of player who gets into the box a lot and we will see more of that to come like he did against Palace.
His positioning and ability to covert swiftly is one of his strength.”In Donny van de Beek’s last 55 non-penalty goals, 30 of them have been one-touch finishes.” – @utdarena via Twitter
That is incredible from a goalscoring perspective and highlights his excellent positioning and finishing prowess.
Manchester United need to change a lot during this transfer window and the united faithfuls will see what happens before the window closes in October.