Manchester United have a particularly difficult fixture list ahead of them this December.
They face Noisy Neighbours Manchester City, Bielsa’s Leeds United and recent bogey team in Wolverhampton Wanderers.
What does Ole Gunnar Solksjaer need to fix before this huge run of games?
“Sort the defence out Ole!”
The Red Devils conceded 11 goals in their first three games of this season despite spending £80 million on Harry Maguire and a combined £70 million on full-backs Aaron wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles.
Ole has opted to switch between a 3-5-2 and a 4-2-3-1, often deploying a three at the back in games where United will be put under a lot of defensive pressure. In their UEFA Champions League group stage tie against PSG, a dynamic back line of Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof and Eric Baily was selected.
“What’s the problem with Pogba?”
Another issue Ole has found amongst his personnel is the club’s record signing Paul Pogba, who has rarely featured in the reds side due to a string of injuries and the arrival of the new kid on the block Bruno Fernandes who has had the instantaneous impact since arriving in January. The type of immediate impact that was expected of Pogba.
His performance this Saturday against West Ham saw Pogba score a classy outside the box strike to equalize, his goal and tenacious play helped inspire a Man United comeback. Pogba recorded 10 possession regaining tackles, Ole will be hoping these performances become more consistent as the Reds head into December.
“Old Trafford isn’t scary anymore!”
Manchester United have struggled to find form at home this season managing to win only one game at Old Trafford in the league, that’s 3 points from a possible 15.
New Zealand striker Chris Wood scored a brace for Burnley at Old Trafford, he told BT Sport.
“Look I don’t think Old Trafford is intimidating.” The striker feels the fear factor at the venue has disappeared.
Ole denied his teams terrible home form following a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
“I don’t think it’s a mental thing, Home and away form is out the window with no fans in the stadium.”