Let’s Talk About West Ham at Old Trafford

On Sunday March 14 2021, Manchester United hosted West Ham.

To say West Ham lacked ambition in the first half would be an understatement.

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Manchester United had put in a lot of effort and deserved to lead at the break, but an awful miss and a brilliant save did not let that happen.

Though West Ham found the net, it was unfortunately their own. McTominay thought he had scored it though, and celebrated, and for a while no one was really sure that he hadn’t. Dawson’s mistake cost the Hammers greatly.

United won by an own goal, but they definitely deserved the 3 points they got, and solidified their position in second-place, while West Ham remain in 5th place.

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What’s Going On Ole?

Manchester United suffered yet another embarrassing defeat yesterday at the Molineux, the home of the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

This is the second game played away at Wolves this season and United still managed to be beaten by two goals to one.

It’s Ole’s first defeat as official manager of Manchester United, and it seemed that the Reds did not want the three points as much as Wolves did.

With Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard both missing clear headers from close range and captain Ashley Young sent off after a messy tackle on the Wolves goal scorer, Scott McTominay’s early efforts to score a goal were effectively cancelled out.

United played about an hour with only ten men and against a very good opposing No.1, Rui Patricio, in Wolverhampton’s team who blocked McTominay’s two other attempts.

A strike from Diogo Jota and an own goal from Chris Smalling handed Wolves the three points on a silver platter.

Understandably, the United gaffer was confused and disappointed that his side could not convert their chances.

“They scored with their first chance after the sending off, about 20-25 minutes after the sending off. So, the boys have done exactly what they’re meant to but we conceded goals from sloppy mistakes and we didn’t score ourselves.

He continued, “Of course, it’s three points [dropped] and we knew that we’d have to have 15 points probably to get that position [fourth]. We’ve still got 6 games to get them 15 points. So we’ve just got to look forward and dust ourselves down, because [it was a] disappointing result, but a very good performance.”

Had United won this match, they would have moved straight to third place on the Premier League table with 64 points, however, it was not to be.

Now they’re out of the Champions League group of top four teams, will they be able to struggle their way into fourth?

New Dawn for Manchester United?

Sunday December 16, 2018

Today marked a complete turnaround in the performance of Manchester United, a foremost English Premier League club.

Former manager José Mourinho had been in charge for about two and a half years before his not so unexpected sack four days ago on Tuesday, December 18. His stay at the club had been turbulent to say the least, with rumours that he had completely lost club support as well as the support of his players near the end of his time at the club.

So it really did not come as much of a surprise, not just to Manchester United fans but to the football world, when the club released an official statement regarding José Mourinho’s sack.

What did come as a surprise, however, was the person appointed as the interim manager. The person in question? Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær spent most of his career playing for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson from 1996 till 2007. Nicknamed “The Baby-faced Assassin”, he played 366 times for United, and scored 126 goals during a successful period for the club.

He has worked his magic again tonight, giving Manchester United their most prolific start in the Premier League since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Red Devils have had to endure a prolonged and greatly humbling fall from grace as football royalty since the iconic Sir Alex retired in 2013.

David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and José Mourinho have now joined the list of sacked United bosses with Solskjær joining Ryan Giggs in the ranks of caretaker managers who coincidentally also played under Scottish United royalty, Sir Alex.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær gave the team a dream start, with the club scoring five goals away from home after suffering defeat in similar situations under José Mourinho.

Marcus Rashford opened scoring in the third minute, with United surprising their fans with fast-paced, aggressive play, with Paul Pogba playing an important part in the goals scored and chances created. Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who bagged a brace, also scored against the South Wales team, Cardiff.

True, Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær still have plenty of work to do if they want to salvage their season and the club’s reputation, but this is a wonderful start.

United is still sixth in the Premier League table for now, however the fans look to the future with hope, optimism and positivity.

An eight-point gap still lies between them and a top four spot, but that challenge now looks not as daunting as it did just last weekend.