Manchester United’s loss to West Ham was a very clear evidence of how United have gone down as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer battles with how to turn around his side’s fortunes.
SportRazzi spotted a lack of midfield creativity and a very disturbing shortage of firepower up front, which have left the club off the pace just six games into the new Premier League.
After Solskjaer’s period as United acting coach ended and he was made the manager in March the club have won only five out of 19 matches in all games, and are already 10 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Worst, these are all happening at a time when United major rivals, Manchester City and Liverpool, are shinning by setting new standards at the top of the Premier League.
Manchester United Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December, revealed to Sky Sports after Sunday’s frustrating defeat at the London Stadium that he did not see any advancement in United this season, notwithstanding bringing-in of defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Daniel James.
“I like the three. I think they are bringing some good quality to the team. But the team as a team, I don’t like at all. I’m not surprised by the result and I don’t think Ole can take any positives from the game,” he said.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, who won multiple trophies under former manager Alex Ferguson, said it was “scary how far they’ve fallen”.
As if the bad results are not enough, the club’s forward Marcus Rashford limped off in the second half, leaving the team with no major striker on the pitch. The injury raises even more questions about the decision not to replace forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, both of whom are now shining even brighter for Inter Milan.
Considering Anthony Martial who was not in the picture because of injury, Jesse Lingard came on but looked anonymous as he battles to find form.
For the records, Man United have not netted more than once in a game since their opening-day 4-0 win against Chelsea. The midfield looks old, flat and ponderous, a world away from the goal-scoring power house and creativity that Guardiola’s Man City strive with..
In the absence of the injured Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic lined up alongside Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira against West Ham in a side lacking pace and ideas.