Five reasons Solskjaer's Manchester United has fallen apart

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting for his future.

It feels like the majority of United fans have given up on the Norwegian after the 5-0 home loss to Liverpool.

Beyond the one result, United have been terrible for weeks. It feels like it is impossible for Solskjaer to put right.

So how did we get to this point? United came into the season with such high hopes. Here is a look at five reasons Solskjaer’s Red Devils have collapsed…

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Awful defence

United have kept just one clean sheet all season. It was not supposed to be this way.

Solskjaer has spent upwards of £150 million on the defence since he arrived, and it has got worse.

Only four Premier League teams have a worse defensive record than United this season, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich and Watford.

United have conceded more goals (15) than Chelsea, Liverpool, and City combined (13).

An injury to Raphael Varane has not helped. But even with the Frenchman, United were leaking goals.

This is a coaching issue and not just one of personnel. Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw have both taken a step backwards in form and continue to retain their places.

Poor squad management

At the heart of Solskjaer’s problems is his loyalty and preferential treatment to his favoured group of players.

Alex Telles, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Donny van de Beek, Eric Bailly have made just ONE Premier League start between them combined this season.

With the team’s form poor, this sends entirely the wrong message to the squad. There should be healthy competition, but it seems no matter how badly the team play, these players can’t force their way in.

This can’t be harmonious for the team behind the scenes, and there are players in front of them who do not deserve to keep their spots.

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Midfield failure

The core of United’s problems boils down to a dysfunctional midfield.

Fred and Scott McTominay are not a title winning combination, and United should aspire for better.

The Liverpool defeat also erased the notion that United are more solid with the pair in the middle.

Nemanja Matic is past his prime and Paul Pogba is a perpetual enigma. Donny van de Beek cannot get a kick.

Solskjaer has tried various combinations in midfield and cannot get it right. United need better personnel in this area, but the manager has not spent his money well.

Haven’t adjusted to Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return was a whirlwind of emotion and he has contributed a couple of special moments in the Champions League.

In the Premier League, Ronaldo is three consecutive starts without a goal.

In the most part, this is not on Ronaldo. This is on Solskjaer’s coaching and his teammates, for an inability to adjust to the Portuguese star.

ESPN point out a lack of chemistry between Mason Greenwood and Ronaldo, while the connection with Bruno Fernandes has been sporadic.

Paul Pogba has seven assists this season, yet he has barely created a chance for Ronaldo since his arrival.

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The job is too big

Solskjaer appears to have hit a wall. Nobody believes he is capable of taking the club to the next level.

In terms of rebuilding what was a broken club by time Jose Mourinho left, Solskjaer has done his task.

He became the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson to deliver back to back top four finishes.

But can he go beyond that and actually win silverware? All the evidence so far is a firm NO.

The weight of expectation is crushing Solskjaer and the job is just too big for him to take the next step to turn this side from a challenging team, into a winning team.

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