What Have We Learned About Manchester United In 2019

Appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Was Not A Good Idea

Manchester United made a mistake to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. You did not hear that here for the first time, as we already talked about this subject on numerous occasions before. Even when Solskjaer was actually appointed, back in March, it was possible to understand the reason for doing that, but nothing really suggested that Solskjaer could continue doing so well as in those first three months.

The club board said when they made Solskjaer caretaker manager that despite everything before then and the end of the season, he would be returning to Molde when the season finishes. But after a dozen good matches where United truly had an easy run of matches, the board went against their word.

After all, during Solskjaer’s time as the manager since signing the permanent deal, he led Man United in 17 matches and has won only five matches. Those include a win against Astana in Europa League and precisely zero away wins. Such numbers only confirm – albeit in hindsight  – that the Norwegian should not have been made Man United manager.

One of the reasons why Solskjaer should not have been appointed is that during the summer of 2019, there were better managers to find on the market. Massimiliano Alegri left Juventus and was a potentially good catch, while Mauricio Pochettino maybe could have been made to rethink his decision to stay at Tottenham, after going (almost) full circle with them.

And on top of that, there is the way the team is playing under Solskjaer and the lack of any real improvement in the team across the past nine months, except for a brief period.

The Board Is Still Disappointing Everyone

In regards to Man United board, nothing actually changed in 2019. There were rumours about directors of football and technical directors, rumours of the club ready to modernize, but none of that happened. United were still clueless on the market, despite signing three players they actually wanted to sign.

Ed Woodward had to do a better job of replacing the players that were gone and the team should not have been left without a real goalscoring striker. The feeling is that the club is still looking more towards the commercial part of the business, rather than the pitch, despite anything that Ed Woodward is saying.

Last year around this time, there was hope that before the summer of 2019 things would change for the better, but the fans have been disillusioned since.

The Squad Is Worse Than It Was In 2018

And then there is the part that Manchester United have a worse team than in the season in which they finished sixth in the league. And that is not even up for the debate. With less options in this team and then adding youngsters to the squad, Man United have less actual quality.

We all love seeing Man United graduates in the first team, but not at the expense of the team’s ability to compete for the highest places in the league. Losing players like Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Alexis Sanchez and then not replacing them could hurt United dearly this season.

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