Can United Rise To Beat Spurs?
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer survived to face Tottenham Hotspur at midnight tomorrow Malaysian time despite speculation about his future at Manchester United after being humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool.
But despite the issue of his job as manager, the honor is at stake by United’s world -class star line -up who are now under pressure following criticism in recent weeks.
The win, which is also a club record for Liverpool at Old Trafford, was the worst defeat for Solskjaer in three years at the helm of the club and it continues to be a concern for the Red Devils.
United picked up just one point out of 12 overall in the English Premier League (EPL) and fell eight points behind leaders Chelsea after just nine games.
The expected challenge for the first league title since 2013 seems to be over with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City at their best. United’s priority at the moment is not to continue to decline to grab the top four positions.
Failing to reach the Champions League would be a huge threat to United’s previous managers and David Moyes and Louis van Gaal are aware of what is going to happen.
United feel that period has been left behind when they spent more than £ 130 million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to strengthen a squad that finished second last season.
Solskjaer’s most trusted player has also failed to shine in recent weeks. Team captains Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw have apologized to the public for declining performances after excelling representing England at Euro 2020.
“I think we have to look at ourselves in the mirror, that’s the most important thing,” Shaw said. “Did we do everything right and prepare properly for the match?
“Of course we have tactics and how the manager wants us to play, but I think at this point we’re too happy to fight.”
Solskjaer struggled to find balance throughout the season, and even the attacking line -up seemed to have a crack at the start of the season.