MANCHESTER UNITED are in the midst of the worst start to a season in 30 years under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Red Devils enjoyed a flying start to life under the Norwegian when he replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis.
But ever since, things have gone sour. Very sour.
United now sit 12th in the Premier League, 15 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool – who they face this weekend… hardly the game you want to get back one track.
But by doing things such as motivating Paul Pogba, and picking Mason Greenwood, Solskjaer could go a long way to helping the Old Trafford club get back on track.
Check out five things that ought to be top of Solskjaer’s to-do list…
PAUL ABOUT POGBA
IN 2016, Man Utd spent a then-world-record £89million to sign Pogba from Juventus.
It wasn’t a daft move. He was a former United player himself – under Sir Alex Ferguson, no less – so knew what it takes to shine at Old Trafford.
And at the time, he was easily up there with the best central midfielders on the planet.
But since joining, Pogba has looked nowhere near as influential as he did in Italy – and has really struggled to get the midfield ticking over.
A lot has been said about United’s lack of striking talent, but without a creative midfield, the blame cannot be placed solely on them.
Pogba is a big part of that – and he needs to recreate his France form for his club… quickly.
A LOT has been said of Marcus Rashford‘s ideal position – with seemingly every pundit having an opinion.
But simply put, the England star is not a centre-forward.
His finishing has been dreadful and has barely scored from open play this season.
In recent days he’s proven he is much more potent starting on the left wing and cutting inside, wreaking havoc that way.
Solskjaer should take note.
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WOOD YOU GIVE HIM A CHANCE?
ALL pre-season long, when United were looking an incredibly dangerous prospect, Solskjaer waxed lyrical about his hoard of young talent.
Above all, it seemed Solskjaer was keen on Mason Greenwood – continually raving about his finishing ability, with both his right and left foot.
Despite that, the United boss has barely given Greenwood a sniff – despite having only scored more than one goal in a game ONCE this season, in the first game of the season.
With Rashford and Anthony Martial not outright centre-forwards, has Solskjaer even got much of a choice?
Start Greenwood, Ole – it can’t exactly get any worse, can it?
HE’S a former Golden Boy winner and mega-money signing.
Martial evidently has plenty of talent but has constantly been hampered by injuries and the defensive mindset of certain former managers.
Under Solskjaer there was a real feeling Martial would thrive in the attacking, free-flowing system.
If the Norwegian can find a way to get the best out of the France forward, whether that be through the middle or out wide, it would be a huge benefit to United.
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CASE FOR THE DEFENCE
MAN UTD spent £135m on defenders this summer, bringing in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.
In Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw, United finally has a definite “best” back-four after years of indecision.
Solskjaer must take advantage of that consistency of selection – and improved defensive talent in the squad.
United’s best chance of keeping league leaders Liverpool at bay is to keep the rampant Reds’ forwards at bay – that of course starts with the defenders.
In the long run, United – much like Liverpool when they added Alisson and Virgil van Dijk – will find their whole team improves as their defence does.
This season could well be a lost cause – but there will be signs of improvement. A long-term plan certainly wouldn’t hurt – and that starts from the back.
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