Ole Gunnar Solksjaer led his team to a very boring 0-0 draw with Chelsea on the weekend with everyone reporting what a damp squib of a match it was after it being previewed as the PL game of the week.
United looked frightened of fully attacking as they seemed terrified of conceding goals to Frank Lampard’s lethal Chelsea attack. This is surprising when you consider United have always “gone for it” at home under Sir Alex and other managers. You would definitely have expected United to be on the attack under Ole who played under Ferguson and learned much from the Scotsman.
The lack of a crowd may have allowed United to not push forward as much as usual with Solksjaer obviously keen to avoid defeat with the club sitting in unfamiliar territory in 15th place with a meagre 6 points at game time. If United were to have lost vs Chelsea and then possibly lose vs RP Leipzig and Arsenal on the weekend Ole might be out of a job some would suggest.
After the PSG win and the Chelsea draw however the manager will be thinking his job is safe regardless of how the team does this week.
While we understand Ole wanting to avoid defeat, watching the team struggle vs Chelsea and generate limited goal chances is against the very DNA of the club and we must demand more attacking intent from the players.
There is no doubt United got off to a slow start but their late involvement in the Europa League is not a valid excuse for their subsequent poor start to the new PL campaign. Bayern Munich and others were playing later than United and they have not suffered from a weak start to the season.
Being positive, Edinson Cavani plus fellow new signings Facundo Pellistri and Donny van de Beek have much to offer the team and we will hopefully see the benefits of these players sooner rather than later. The Champions League match vs RP Leipzig should be the start of much better attacking play from the Red-Devils.