Five points. Just five points. The international break has not made us any happier with Manchester United’s start to the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is tasked with trying to correct United’s form, with the first four games yielding an underwhelming return.
Before working out how to put it right, Solskjaer must look at what he has got wrong, and he has certainly made mistakes.
Solskjaer’s biggest error?
At United In Focus our writers have been weighing in on Solskjaer’s biggest mistakes, and each have differing opinions. Here are our views…
Harry Robinson: Solskjaer’s biggest mistake this season has been how delayed his in-game changes have been.
He has often been left behind by the game, failing to adjust to a change in the flow and dominance.
Substitutions are needed earlier to sort the short term issues United have.
Tom Avery: Solskjaer has previously claimed he will give the club’s promising academy prospects opportunities to impress during the season and stake their claim for a starting position week in and week out.
Mason Greenwood has been used sparingly in the opening matches despite Solskjaer revealing that the 17-year-old was in the running to start against Chelsea after an impressive pre-season.
United fans were crying out for Angel Gomes to be given a chance in the number 10 role at home against Crystal Palace, the U17 World Cup winner didn’t make the bench.
If the opening month of the season is anything to go off, Solskjaer may have been referring to the Europa League and Carabao Cup competitions where the Red Devils youngsters may be unleashed. But he has missed an early opportunity.
Dan Coombs: There are a host of mistakes in the transfer market with regard to not signing more attacking players. I’m going to try and look on the pitch. Solskjaer’s biggest error is a lack of strength with the penalty situation.
After Rashford scored against Chelsea, Solskjaer should have made clear he was the first choice penalty taker. That’s what we all assumed had been done. Since then it’s been a mess, with Pogba missing against Wolves and then Rashford versus Palace.
It’s been directly costly in terms of points and has created uncertainty, pressure and doubt, particularly for Rashford, who was previously high in confidence. The situation is still unresolved. How many more penalties will United miss this season?
I’m also not sure he shouldn’t have just stuck with the winning team which started against Chelsea. Instead he tweaked the line-up against Wolves and lost some of the momentum with it. Away at Wolves might not have been the right game to bring James into as a starter. Once you lose momentum, its tough to recover it, at least for this United side.
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