Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says “it’s about kicking on after a poor start” following the goalless draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford which has left the Red Devils with more questions than answers about their progress.
Marcus Rashford came close to breaking the deadlock on several occasions but Edouard Mendy denied him the spoils, with Cezar Azpilicueta blocking a shot inside the box before Mendy saved his final strike of the day. The result means that United have failed to register a win in their first three home fixtures in the league for the first time since the 1972-73 season.
United fans have had to endure some disappointment this season, and this was another day to forget for several players. Solskjaer insisted “the season started for us today” after Harry Maguire inspired a comeback win at Newcastle United last weekend. Don’t get us wrong, it still might, but they will have to play an awful lot better than they did in this laboured performance against the Blues, as he opted for a safer starting line-up to keep a much-needed clean sheet.
Luke Shaw started at left-back after starting on the left of a back three in the 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, yet he barely offered anything going forward, with Sky Sports giving him an average grade of 6/10, saying he was “unable to offer much support at the other end”, whilst The Manchester Evening News went one lower, claiming he was “not especially urgent getting forward and overlapping James.”
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as it’s safe to say that Aaron Wan-Bissaka shone whilst his teammate struggled on the opposite flank.
Per SofaScore, the right-back won three out of his six duels overall (50%), whilst he made one tackle, two interceptions and four clearances, as well as the fact that he wasn’t dribbled past at all, which just goes to show how much he has worked on his “exceptional” one-on-one skills, as he coped rather comfortably with Christian Pulisic.
Sky Sports gave Wan-Bissaka a high grade of 7/10, saying he was the “most accomplished defender on the day”, whilst The Manchester Evening News gave him the same score, claiming he “never looked like he was going to be beaten.”
If this performance is anything to go by, he is certainly on the right track.