The United strikers can’t seem to buy a goal with a penny at the moment. Ronaldo has now gone into 2022 without a goal and an assist to his name. Couple that with Captain Harry Maguire’s loss of form you tend to wonder how they are holding on to their places. One notable improvement is the form of big money signing Jadon Sancho who at last is showing what they paid BVB for with direct play and he is starting to score too. Southampton carried on where they left off at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Wednesday. Their coach Ralph like the Ralf at United is a disciple of the high press and he instituted it well in the second half. Just what happens to United at half time that turns performances into a ying yang type of situation? Here is my theory. You know what needs to be done in the first 10 minutes of a second half when leading, you need to have players who can hold on to the ball pass it around ease pressure on the back four, especially one as weak as United’s at the moment. Pogba couldn’t do it, don’t look at McTominay.
Southampton’s Broja was superb in this match targeting Maguire as the weak link. So did former Chelsea midfielder Romeu who when pushed up from defense into defensive mid started to nullify Pogba. So what is the way forward for the red devils if they hope to make the top 4 this season? Ralf Rangnick needs to have the guts to drop the big players. Word from the street is that he has no authority to do so , so one wonders who is in charge of that ship. If prisoners run the jail, there will be chaos. So hiring the new coach to start now is of utmost importance. It is also clear some partnership aren’t working out in the United line up. Pogba and McTominay are like oil and water no cohesion. Rashford and Ronaldo can’t find each other in a well lit room. Bruno Fernandes is just a shadow of himself. Time to promote one of the youngsters from the juniors. United always has an academy player ready for action every season but this season it has been a different story. The next 6 games could be crucial for United’s season.