Four weeks ago the conversation surrounding Manchester United was one of pride, progress, and the inevitable two-horse title race between the two Manchester clubs.
Now that conversation is “what happened?”
Manchester United have struggled — their once-ferocious attack has been tamed — a self-inflicted taming, in reality.
Jose Mourinho’s decision to park the Red Devil bus at Anfield was perhaps the most costly decision of the season so far. We were scoring three to four goals a game, and now we’ve scored once from open play in three games.
The psyche of the team hasn’t been the same since that day. Going forward we are slow, lethargic, and are attempting way too many sideways passes. It reminds me of the Louis van Gaal era.
“They don’t really play with the same fluidity as Spurs or Man City,” said Huddersfield’s Tom Ince after the 2-1 victory over Manchester United. “They build up quite slow.”
Reality has hit hard and hit home for Manchester United fans. It’s not going to be a cake walk for the rest of the season. Our lack of goals is just one of the many issues we’re facing at the moment.
Here’s five large and looming problems for the Red Devils.