Has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knowingly weakened his Manchester United side, as Michael Owen suggests?
You’d do well to convince us that this is all a tactical ploy. While we all understand the concept of going backwards to go forwards and so on and so forth, United’s current form suggests that there’s no forthcoming revival to look forward to. Rather, there’s just more misery.
Indeed, the goalless draw on Thursday night against AZ Alkmaar means the 20-time champions of England have won just five in 22 matches since Solskjaer was given the permanent job.
And though their activity in the transfer window was promising, introducing the likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, who current tops their scoring charts alongside Rashford, not replacing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez was negligent at best. It’s like ‘127 Hours’ but they’ve cut off the wrong arm.
Michael Owen tried his best to diagnose the problems at Old Trafford with an optimistic twist on their recent decisions…
“It’s a painful watch at the moment – but we’ve been saying that for years and years.”@themichaelowen says Ole Gunnar Solskjær “knowingly weakened his side – but now he’s got scope to grow.”
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) October 4, 2019