Manchester United vs. Chelsea: 5 things we learned

Manchester United and what we learned after their draw today with Chelsea.

Manchester United is letting Ronaldo down

1: Manchester United’s old guard still got it:

Cristiano Ronaldo, David De Gea and Nemanja Matic are the only ones who played decently well today. This match showed their resolve and professionalism and refusal to buckle under the ever growing weight of how poor this season has been. How many times has “Dave Saves” bailed United out? And when Marcos Alonso scored, it took Ronaldo and Matic two minutes to get us back level.

2: Erik ten Hag is a brave man:

I mean this in the way that he turned down the chance to manage Bundesliga clubs and stay at Ajax to take this job. We bleed for United. I love them and I take the merciless taunting from my mates who support other clubs just fine. It helps that two are Arsenal fans in the same mess we have been in. But this United team’s lack of passion has hurt me deeply. Do they not understand? They play for Manchester United! A English football institution! Men bled and died for this club, and we the fans are met with this abysmal team without passion. It is disheartening and a disgrace. This reminds me of another manager in 1986 who came to England to take a bunch of passionless players at a club….and remind them that they are Manchester United.

3: The gap is large:

The distance between us and Chelsea is too much. We were lucky that this season we were able to get two draws because let us be honest it should have been two more losses. But consider the fact that Liverpool put 9 past us this season and City have got 6. This is a disgrace. We cannot allow this to go on and much work needs to be done.

4: Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes need to step up:

I love Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. It truly makes me sad when I go onto social media and see them both being slandered. Trust me, I am as disappointed as anyone over the poor form of the team. But these two have carried the team for the better part of two years and were the catalyst last year of United almost winning Europa League and being top of the Premier League for a time. I truly hope ten Hag can help them rediscover themselves.

5: Youth Revolution:

The Busby Babes, the Class of ’92, ten Hag’s Youth Revolution? United has a deep and rich history of having United Academy players in the team. And let us be honest, there is a chance we don’t even get Europa League next season. So you know what? I want to see the kids be given a chance these next couple of games. Start Anthony Elanga, Hannibal Mejbri, Shola, Shoretire, Alvaro Fernandez, and ALejandro Garnacho. It cannot be any worse than what we have seen, and it would give the young players a chance for EPL experience. And for next year, bring back Brandon Williams, James Garner, Amad, and Facundo Pellistri and give them a fair chance to shine.

Author: Tawfik

Favorite Manchester United players: Wayne Rooney, Eric Cantona, and Marcus Rashford

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