Manchester United find themselves in a crisis mode following their latest 2-0 defeat at West Ham United.
The latest defeat means that United have won only two of their first six games this season and have picked up only eight points. However, it’s not only the poor start that is the cause for concern for United and their supporters. Currently, United have multiple challenges facing them, and it doesn’t seem that things would get better anytime soon.
Poor form is a major concern for Ole
United’s poor run of form is not a new concern and it stretches back to the previous season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an instant impact upon his arrival in the middles of the last season. United’s form suddenly improved following his appointment last season and when they outclassed Paris-Saint Germain in Champions League, it seemed only logical to hand him the job on a permanent basis. However, as things stand, it seems that the United board might have reacted a bit prematurely.
Manchester United’s results since that “GIVE HIM THE JOB!” win away to PSG on March 6:
P19 W5 D4 L10
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKay) September 22, 2019
As the above tweet illustrates, United have lost more than half of their games since Solskjaer has taken charge. Furthermore, they haven’t managed to win back-to-back wins in the Premier League since March. This is quite a damning statistic for Solskjaer, who is slowly but surely running out of time.
Lack of squad depth and injuries
The ongoing run of form is already a major concern for the United manager, and he hasn’t been helped by the lack of squad depth and ongoing injury crisis at the club.
The Red Devils spent a lot of money on defensive reinforcements during the summer, but for one reason or the other, they failed to sign any attack-minded players besides Daniel James. The departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solksjaer with only two established striker options in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. However, as United prepare for their all-important home clash with Arsenal next week, both Martial and Rashford are ruled out with injuries. As things stand, Solskjaer might have to start youngster Mason Greenwood in his starting eleven against the Gunners.
Furthermore, United are also without the likes of Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw due to injuries. Solskjaer has been forced to go with Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young in the absence of the former two, and it hasn’t been an ideal situation.
The game against Arsenal could be a make-or-break one for United. If they fail to stop Arsenal at Old Trafford, then they would be left with just eight points from their seven games. That seems more like the form of a relegation-battling side then of top-four candidates.
However, according to recent reports, Solskjaer still seems to have the support of the United board. Despite the ongoing struggles, there also a belief that United have improved under the Norwegian, and it might take them two to three years before they can challenge for the trophies.
Regardless, the discontent among fans could prove to be the deciding factor once again. If United’s form doesn’t improve soon, there is no guarantee that Solskjaer will see out the season.