Man Utd in meltdown – these five players are letting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer down

    STARSPORT’S BIG DEBATE: Manchester United’s worst start to the season in 30 years continued as they suffered a 1-0 loss at Newcastle – but who is to blame on the pitch?

    Manchester United are in crisis, enduring their worst start to a season in 30 years.
    Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United piled more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , who has gone from hero to zero in the space of six months.
    Solskjaer has been criticised for failing to get a tune out of his squad, while some of his tactical and coaching decisions have left fans bemused.
    The Red Devils legend is not the only person to blame for the club’s malaise, however.
    Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, has come in for plenty of stick after a string of poor transfer windows have left the first-team squad threadbare.
    While those that are left are failing to deliver on the pitch. But which players have let their gaffer down the most?
    Here, Starsport’s team of writers debate who has simply failed to step up to the mark for Solskjaer.
    Jesse Lingard
    In years to come when we look back on 2019 and ask what Jesse Lingard’s best achievement of the 12 months was, it’ll probably be the fact he went viral on social media for singing about beans…

    The winger has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad for good reason after his less-than-impressive haul of zero goals and one assist this calendar year.
    Lingard’s decline since his fine showing at the World Cup last year has contributed significantly to Manchester United’s downfall in recent months.
    Despite the fact Paul Merson labelled him a ‘kid’ over the weekend, and the fact he shares a close bond with 21-year-old Marcus Rashford, it’s crucial to remember Lingard is actually 26.
    He should be hitting his peak years and acting as one of United’s senior, go-to, big game players.
    Instead, he will likely struggle to get in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team over the unproven Daniel James once he returns from injury.
    There’s simply no doubt Lingard has let his manager and United fans down this season with his absent performances.
    Words by Aaron Stokes
    David De Gea
    David De Gea has been a huge figure at United over the last eight seasons and will surely go down as one of their best ever between the sticks.
    But there are signs that the 28-year-old is letting his standards slip at a time he should be standing up.
    United are in a crisis, make no mistake about that, and the leaders in the dressing room are needed more than ever to pull the club through.
    De Gea, admirably, appeared in front of the press to try explain the nightmare at St. James’ Park on Sunday but ended up looking a bit messy, blubbering over mistakes and apologising to the fans.
    When asked what was wrong at the club, he simply said: “Everything.” Hardly the rosy-faced propaganda being pumped out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but definitely the truth.

    Too much is being forced on the youngsters at the club, the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Axel Tuanzebe, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are expected to be the shining lights.
    But they are still raw and must be eased into the side, with world-class players there to soothe them in. De Gea must step up to this role pronto.
    Words by Callum Vurley
    Marcus Rashford
    Despite still being just 21 years of age and carrying the burden of leading Manchester United’s strike force this season, Marcus Rashford has underwhelmed now to the extent the Red Devils are no longer any sort of threat going forward.

    Since bagging a brace in the opening day 4-0 triumph over Chelsea, which feels like years ago now, Rashford has scored just once in all competitions, which came from the penalty spot in United’s only other Premier League win as they beat Leicester 1-0.
    That is hardly a record of a player who penned a new £200,000-a-week contract as recently as July.
    Even with the lack of creativity around him, someone with Rashford’s pace and quality should still be carving out goals all by himself.
    The England international’s record of 717 minutes for United in attack since the Chelsea match on August 11 has seen him score zero goals from open play, while he has chipped in with two assists.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs more from his No.10 and fast.

    Words by Jack Staplehurst
    For £52m, Fred really should be taking games by the scruff of the neck in midfield.
    The Brazilian, however, continues to struggle with the pace of English football and you have to think he probably isn’t going to live up to his price-tag.
    Sure, each player cannot be blamed for the transfer fee paid for their services, but Fred has performed like he cost the club about £5.20.
    With Solskjaer’s squad stretched to the max, Fred had his chance at Newcastle to prove his worth but he blew it. He’s clumsy in possession, slow on the ball, and fails to provide some much-needed bite.
    You’d expect him to return to the fringes when Paul Pogba returns from injury, and rightly so. He has been a massive disappointment.

    Words by Alex Harris
    Nemanja Matic
    The Serbian enjoyed a successful first season at Old Trafford when he joined from Chelsea in 2017.
    He even found the net with a stunning volley against Crystal Palace for a 3-2 win.

    And the midfielder brought title-winning experience to United, with two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.
    But injury has seen him only make 24 appearances for Solskjaer.
    It has seen his form drop, looking beyond his best in his debut season.
    And the criticism started in pre-season after letting AC Milan forward Suso in for a long-range goal.
    Words by Warren Muggleton

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