A ruthless Leicester City side has hammered a woeful Manchester United 4-2 at the King Power Stadium, to snap the Red Devils unbeaten away record that had stretched back to January 2020.
The match was a microcosm of the past three seasons at United…
Some moments of brilliance, even more moments of incompetence, and a manager who clearly isn’t up to the job.
However, United’s board seem intent on backing their man, and on current evidence can look forward to more days like this.
As is the standard reply now, Solskjaer backed his players and said they need to learn and get better.
One might wonder what some of the best players in the world, on eye-watering wages, still need to learn when it comes to representing United…
When Patson Daka smashed in the fourth goal for a Leicester team who hadn’t won in the league since August, Solskjaer could only watch on motionless from the touchline, knowing that the 4-2 scoreline flattered his team, and that without their Man of the Match David de Gea, the scoreline would have been much worse.
“The goals we conceded were disappointing, the timing of them and the way they were conceded,” Solskjaer said. “It says everything when your best player is probably David but still concede four goals.
“We didn’t deserve the points today. We gifted them the first goal. All the goals were disappointing, the way we conceded them. We were too easy to play through. It was the team as a whole. We need to be more compact and more aggressive. We didn’t defend well enough.
“We’ve been really good at showing our character when we’ve needed it. The attitude has always been good. We need to stick together and work hard. We need to perform better.
“You have to bounce back. You have to respond. We’ve had the international break to look at things.
“Everyone’s been away and maybe they came into this confident, because they’ve done well their international teams. But we need to sort this out.
“We have five games until the next break and we’ve got to stick together. There’s no other way to do it. You cannot lose focus; you’ve got to trust yourself, trust your teammates and make sure that we’re ready on Wednesday night because that will be a difficult game as well.”
We need to perform better, we need to work hard, we need to sort this out…
United fans are tired of hearing the same hollow words week in week out with nothing ever changing, and the man responsible for getting the team to perform better, work harder, and sort it out not doing those things.
However, Solskjaer indicated he may finally be ready to ring the changes in terms of personnel and tactics ahead of the visit by Atalanta in the Champions League this week.
“Over the international break, we have had a good look to see what has gone wrong lately,” he said. “But we need to look at the whole set-up and balance of the team and maybe something has to give. Lately, we have not been in great form, we’ve lost too many points and that is something we have to look at.
“We might have to change. Do we need more legs in there? What do we need?
“Every game is important in the league and the Champions League is hard.
“They’re big games, all of them. Leicester away is as big a test as Atalanta at home, for example. So, we’ve got to dust this off, maybe make sure that we come in again we have fresh minds, looking at themselves in the mirror. I look myself in the mirror, and make sure we perform again.”
With back to back games against Atalanta in the Champions League punctuated by league fixtures against Liverpool, Spurs, and Manchester City, things could get worse before they get better for United.
The manager asked ‘What do we need?’
The answer is Zidane in the dugout.