Manchester United: Solskjaer still has a major flaw he needs to solve next season


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be getting things right at Manchester United this summer, but he still needs to address his biggest managerial flaw from last season.

After a woeful end to the 2018-19 season, Manchester United are enjoying quite a successful summer pre-season and transfer window.

United have enjoyed a perfect pre-season record during their summer tour in Australia and Singapore, beating Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0 and Inter Milan 1-0.

The Red Devils have also been busy making acquisitions, signing winger Daniel James from Swansea City and right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quest to revamp his lacklustre squad.

There are positive vibes surrounding the club for once after what had been one of their worst seasons in recent times, which saw them finish in 6th place in the Premier League, failing to secure Champions League football.

Although much of their poor form last season was under then-manager Jose Mourinho, United were still woeful in the final third of the season as well after Solskajer had replaced him.

Yes, the players were largely to blame for this, as shown by the fact that they were equally as abysmal on the pitch under both managers.

However, there is one thing that Solskjaer must take the blame for during their poor spell under him last season – the timing of his substitutions.

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Indeed, it’s surprising to think that an ex-player who built a reputation as being one of the best super subs in the game would be awful at subbing players as a manager.

But alas, this is true, as seen in a number of games last season in which United were trailing for much of the game and were in dire need of a spark from the bench, but Solskjaer did nothing.

Next season, Solskjaer needs to think in advance before every game who he will bring off the bench and when to avoid leaving things to the last minute as he has been doing.

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He needs to divide his men into starting players and squad players, and implement a rotation system so that United can be fluid in games when they need to switch things up.