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Manchester United August Review

Manchester United have had an underwhelming start to the 2019/20 Premier League Season. After pummeling Frank Lampard’s Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend, the sky seemed to be the limit for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys. However since then, Manchester United have picked up a shocking 2 points from a possible 9. So today on we will be dissecting the opening month of the season. This is Manchester United’s August review.

Goal Of The Month

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Manchester United have scored 7 this season, the joint third most goals of this capaign so far. The goal of the month for August has to be Daniel James’ thunderbolt vs. Southampton. The Welshman’s goal finished off a brilliant move, the key part the goal was Juan Mata’s run, acting as a decoy Cedric. James cut in and absolutely punches the ball into the far top corner. For too long Manchester United have lacked a player that enjoys shooting on sight with such power, precision and technique. It seems we have found that person in 21-year-old Daniel James.

Player Of The Month

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Despite Manchester United’s inconsistent form during August, our new acquisitions have been our outstanding performers. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire have been the bright lights for United. Maguire and Wan-Bissaka have looked comfortable at the back, at no point would I consider them to be at fault for the goals we have conceded. Daniel James has added a different dynamic to our attacks with his raw pace. Where DJ has impressed me is his end product. Like I said before we haven’t really had somebody that wants to shoot from distance with that pace and power. Daniel James’ 3 goals in 4 games means he is our top goal scorer so for me it is a no brainer. Daniel James is my Player of the Month.

Underperformer Of The Month

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When Manchester United are losing games to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, or dropping points to Southampton or Wolves on the road something is going wrong. The player that has come under the most stick this season for his poor performances is Jesse Lingard. Lingard’s lack of creativity in games has led to fans begging for the inclusion of the likes of Fred and Angel Gomes. Jesse Lingard has underperformed so far this season.

We’ve come to expect this form with Lingard, what we are seeing now is not anything too dissimilar to what we have seen before. Lingard uses his energy to disturb teams who play with attacking intent i.e the big 6. Unfortunately he is being utilised against teams who play a low block and defend deep like Crystal Palace and his strengths aren’t expressed. Jesse Lingard really needs to buck up his ideas if we are to be competitve this season.

Manager Review

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out of 10 would have to get an average 6. Now of course I am behind Ole and I recognise that he hasn’t been fully backed by the board but the board doesn’t get their shinpads on and run out onto Old Trafford every weekend. Tactically Ole has been outclassed by Nuno, Hodgson and Hassenhutl. They all know our problem – we are one dimensional. Under Solskjaer for me the main problem is that we have one way of playing, so rigid that when teams find us out we are left vulnerable. Solskjaer’s substitutions have also been questionable. Despite his high praise for the likes of Greenwood, his time on the pitch has been minimal. This being said I believe Ole is on course to get these players playing his way. Lets hope for a successful September!

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