Have Manchester United improved since the final loss to Villarreal?

Manchester United played Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday 29th September. The game was vital for many reasons. It was crucial because Manchester United lost their first Champions League game this season against Young Boys. Another reason it was crucial is that they lost a huge final against this opposition. Losing the final against Villarreal hurt a lot because it would have been Ole’s first trophy during his time at United. This article looks at whether Manchester United has improved since the final loss against Villarreal.

Manchester United have more star-studded quality

The signings of Sancho and Ronaldo give the Norwegian the exact two things he wanted only a month into taking the job, now the pressure is on him to make it successful. The signing of Raphael Varane should bolster a leaky defence. Varane boasts a wealth of experience and quality that will benefit the team. Sancho and Ronaldo will bring more goals to the attack.

Loss against Young Boys shows Manchester United haven’t learnt their lesson

Manchester United’s loss against Young Boys was very concerning. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sat back after going down to ten men. Young Boys had 19 shots, five being on target. Manchester United had two shots, both of them being on target. What is most concerning about this defeat is the quality difference between the two sides. Manchester United has a much better team than Young Boys but didn’t lay a glove on the Swiss side.

Solskjaer has fine tuned style of play

Gary Neville previously questioned whether the club has a style of play. The question was relevant after the display against Aston Villa. The Red Devils lost the midfield battle against Aston Villa. Solskjaer insists that his coaching staff are working on the club’s style of play at Carrington. He also insists that United tried to transition defence into attack too quickly in the game against Villa.

Loss against West Ham denies early cup win for United

Manchester United suffered a frustrating defeat in the Carabao cup against West Ham. This disappointing loss meant that United went their longest spell without winning a trophy since 1985. The issue during the game was that the attackers shot from long range instead of making crucial passes. This cup exit will put Ole under more pressure to perform in other cup competitions.


The Red Devils has improved since the loss against Villarreal because they have more quality. More quality means that United can have more moments of individual brilliance. The problem with United is they still play a defensive style of football. Playing defensive is ineffective as it limits Manchester United’s attacking players.

Author: Edward

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