Manchester United fans that were disgruntled appeased with the guarantee at the conclusion of last season that change came. Jack Wilkinson examines whether he’s been able to deliver on that promise…
This was the result that signalled the start of the gloomy death of Manchester United .
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer beginning – 10 wins and a draw from his first 11 matches – became nothing more than a distant memory from now Theo Walcott rattled in Everton objective to finish a defeat on Merseyside.
Gary Neville declared the performance at Goodison Park”rancid” and, even after apologising to the traveling United fans unfortunate enough to be present in person, Solskjaer promised change – wholesale shift.
It turned out to be a statement of intent out of their Sir Alex Ferguson textbook and, five months on, the manner in which Solskjaer has gone about changing United suggests it.
Before the ink had dried on his original Manchester United contract in 1986, Ferguson was barking orders out. Then-chairman Martin Edwards has been informed of this Scot’s wish to sign as many as eight players, and Steve Bruce, Brian McClair and Viv Anderson were signed in 18 weeks of his birth.
That decisiveness from the transport market seems to have rubbed off Solskjaer.
Players deemed no longer fit for purpose have been shown the door by any means necessary. Whether it be the departures of both Antonio Valencia along with Ander Herrera, Romelu Lukaku and Matteo Darmian’s earnings, or the funding and pushing of loan deals including Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling – there’s a edge to United’s concessions.
One thing Solskjaer has yet to master, though, is the capability Ferguson had time and time again throughout his reign at Old Trafford to accommodate his playing style stay competitive and to suit employees.
After the defeat at Everton, Solskjaer set the fundamental principle that he would like to define his own time at United. “I want my group to be the hardest working team in the league,” he explained. “That is what we were beneath Sir Alex.”
While this addresses Solskjaer concerns within his squad’s work-ethic, it is difficult to realize how that translates to the change in playing fashion United fans have been yearning for.
United four Premier League games this year, and their four last season after the defeat at Everton, give very little indication as to what he will pay , other than the simple fact that it is extremely much a work in progress.
On the 1 hand, United have enjoyed more possession, won more duels, conceded fewer targets, and run an average of 106.9km per match – all positive signs which Solskjaer’s philosophy is being implemented.
However, the flip side, an alarming drop in winning the ball high up the pitch and the two interceptions suggest it is going to take some time for your squad to juggle their manager’s demands.
And time is what will determine Solskjaer’s probability of achievement – moment. Will he be granted the time to see out the job he’s started?
It’s a valuable commodity in the modern game, although before he won his very first league name ferguson famously acquired. Progress has been forced to decide on the much-needed dressing space reset Solskjaer, although results have clouded decision on United’s beginning into the season.
“It will take some time,” Neville said. “Not just to get people in the dressing room all facing the exact same way, yet to get the quality in that is needed.
“It required Pep Guardiola 12 months, three transfer windows. It has taken four years or Jurgen Klopp three to impact the culture in what he would say exactly everything he would like to perform and is his personality, his 31, and get a team completely.
“This is going to be a very long game at Old Trafford. Solskjaer will want the help, to play the extended game. He’s going to have quite strong leadership during the next two or three seasons to be able to get those five or four transfer windows that he wants”
United are on their clean slate in the seven years that have passed because the retirement of Ferguson. After the results of the prior three under Louis van Gaal David Moyes and Jose Mourinho, the tenure of Solskjaer is one that’s working but has to be granted time to where they feel that they belong to restore the club.