Manchester United’s trip to Villarreal will mark the start of the post Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managerial era, in what is a crucial Champions League clash.
Following a dreadful run which brought only one Premier League win from our last seven games, the club announced yesterday that the Norwegian had been sacked.
This came after Manchester United produced yet another toothless performance in the 4-1 defeat at Watford.
Michael Carrick has been placed in caretaker charge, as the club search for an interim manager to guide the club until the end of the season, before securing our fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Despite embarking on a dreadful run, Solskjaer resisted dropping a number of his under performing stars.
But with the United legend no longer at the helm, here were look at three players who could struggle following the club’s latest managerial change.
United’s first-choice right-back hasn’t kicked on under Solskjaer’s tenure and his ability to contribute to our side’s attacking phases of play continues to be a huge stumbling block.
But what has been more concerning recently has been Wan-Bissaka’s sloppiness at the back and constantly being caught in possession.
The former Crystal Palace full-back is a man out-of-form and looking extremely low on confidence.
But with Diogo Dalot to call upon, Solskjaer retained his faith in Wan-Bissaka even though he didn’t get repaid with impressive performances.
If an attack-minded manager takes over at United and doesn’t see Wan-Bissaka as their first choice right-back, the 23-year-old could find himself fighting for his future.
United’s number 29 might not just have Dalot to worry about come next season. He could receive challenges from the likes of Brandon Williams, Ethan Laird and possibly even Kieran Trippier, if the club pursues his signature.
Manchester United’s captain hasn’t been able to replicate the form he showed for his country during the European Championships in the summer, for his club.
Despite playing together for club and country, there seems to have become a breakdown in communication and doubt in one and other’s ability, when it comes to Maguire and Luke Shaw.
The injuries to World Cup winner Raphael Varane haven’t helped, but Maguire may have been dropped under a new manager, but Solskjaer instead stuck by his captain.
A new manager will have to way up whether Maguire’s poor form and lack of pace means that the likes of Varane, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly deserve to stake their claim ahead of the former Leicester man.
There will also be huge question marks surrounding his ability to retain the club’s captaincy. If he is stripped of the captaincy then his place in the side becomes even more vulnerable.
Solskjaer’s trusted midfield combination of Scott McTomimany and Fred, also known as ‘McFred’ was without doubt his go to pairing.
This saw Paul Pogba played out on the left or coming off the bench, whilst Donny van de Beek barely got a look in ahead of Solskjaer’s preferred duo.
For all of Fred’s industry, he isn’t the all-conquering, dominant holding midfielder who will knit this United team together.
The Brazilian international may see his playing time significantly decrease following the departure of Solskjaer, which may allow van de Beek the chance to announce himself as a Manchester United player.
Instead of playing both Fred and McTominay, a new manager may decided to play one of them alongside the former Ajax midfielder and review the situation when Pogba is back available.
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