Same Ole Problem For Manchester United After Defeat To Arsenal

Another fixture at Old Trafford, another result that isn’t a win for Manchester United in the Premier League.

Arsenal came to the Theatre of Dreams and turned it into a nightmare for Ole Gunnar Solskjær as they controlled the game and took all three points for the first time since 2006 thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty.

It was another performance where Manchester United looked completely bereft of a plan and of any quality to sufficiently hurt a team who were set up to frustrate them and organised enough to see a game plan all the way through.

New signing Thomas Partey absolutely dominated the midfield for Arsenal, despite playing in a two-man midfield against Manchester United’s diamond formation. All four of United’s midfielders had awful games, with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes epitomising the lack of quality during the game.

Fred and Scott McTominay also started and once again proved why they shouldn’t be regular starters for a team looking to compete at the highest level, with the ball-playing abilities shown up for all to see.

Post-game, it was another case of blame being shifted on to all the players and away from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær despite him receiving all the praise when the team performs well.

The 5-0 win over RB Leipzig in the week was fantastic, with the diamond formation working superbly well. But that performance was the anomaly under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, not the performance against Arsenal.

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League : News Photo
A familiar sight as Man Utd’s midfield chases Arsenal’s midfield during the 1-0 defeat on Sunday

Any team that has the idea of coming to play football and take the game to United often finds themselves punished by the pace of the United attack and quality they have. But once again, with an organised plan in place the game was in the hands of the opponent rather than the Red Devils.

Once again, United failed to adjust their tactics in-game when it was clear that it wasn’t working. The diamond saw them create zero clear cut chances throughout the game and even with 19 minutes to go and 1-0 down, Ole decided to make like-for-like changes and persist. It’s no coincidence, that United failed to create any big chances in those final 20 minutes either.

At no point in the game could you say that they looked like scoring or even threatening Arsenal. It’s becoming a tiresome point honestly, but how many times do United fans need to see a performance like this in a game like this to realise that Solskjær isn’t the man to be in charge at Old Trafford?

It was largely the same group of players who played against Leipzig, playing against a similar three-at-the-back system but with Arsenal refusing to allow space in behind, United had no answers.

But it’s the players fault. Or the boards fault. Or the referee’s fault. Why never Ole’s fault?

The fact of the matter is that there are many problems at Manchester United right now, including Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the sooner the club and fans accept that the better.

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