‘It’s not going to be 0-0, I can assure it’s not going to be 0-0. It’s two groups who need to assault and assault as rapidly as they’ll. We all know that once we assault they’re very harmful on the counter-attack and vice-versa.’
These have been Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s phrases earlier than at the moment’s sport in opposition to Leeds United at Elland Highway. The consequence? 0-0.
What’s much more disappointing was the character of that 0-0 draw. Frankly, it by no means seemed like being something aside from a stalemate and what was worse, the supervisor did not see that when he picked the aspect, and when he selected to not make substitutions at half time or on the hour mark and when he left the bang common McFred – Fred and Scott McTominay – on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes when the sport was begging to be received.
There was plenty of criticism since Solskjaer took the helm at Previous Trafford about his incapability to interrupt down the deep block – a defence that performs with a deep again line or ‘parks the bus’, at has come to be recognized. There has additionally been plenty of criticism of his poor workforce rotation and tendency to make substitutions too late. This sport had examples of all three.
United as soon as once more appeared to don’t have any ‘Plan B’ in opposition to a cussed Leeds defence when the ‘lengthy ball over the again of the defence’ tactic was nullified by the deep line. This additionally nullified the one purpose Solskjaer might need had for beginning the woefully inept Dan James, whose solely discernible expertise is that he can run quick and get behind a excessive again line.
Summer season signing Donny van de Beek, thought of by many to be probably the most promising younger midfielders on this planet, should surprise what he has to do to get a begin on this United aspect. He ought to have been used way more usually earlier within the season in order that if Pogba have been to be rested, as he was at the moment, there would have been a top quality substitute accessible.
After all, a supervisor could be allowed to get his ways and his beginning line-up fallacious often, and as his personal pre-match feedback verify, no one, least of all Solskjaer, anticipated the often adventurous Marcelo Bielsa to undertake such a defensive technique. However there isn’t any excuse for not making modifications sooner. As @Vintage_Utd tweeted, ‘Contemplating he was among the finest tremendous subs within the historical past of soccer,’ it’s onerous to ‘perceive why it takes Ole so lengthy to make modifications.’
United acquired an away level in opposition to a difficult aspect at the moment, nevertheless it was the show that upset slightly than the consequence. There have been loads of common, poor and diabolical performances from the United aspect, however arguably the worst of all got here from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.