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Old Trafford Surrender Lays Bare Solskjaer's Limitations....

A 0-1 home defeat to Barcelona is hardly a catastrophe for Man Utd. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's deployment of a five-man defence shielded by three further holding midfielders is very far from upholding the mythical "Man Utd way". Solskjaer has placed repeated reverence upon a commitment to returning the club to the style and flair witnessed under Sir Alex Ferguson, a vision that has formed the bulk of the Norwegian's job audition thus far. But against Barcelona Solskjaer's ultra-cautious, defensive, negative tactics laced with wide-eyed fear of the Catalans waning power reaped the embarrassing 'reward' of registering not a single shot on target throughout the 90mins. At home! And truth be told only David de Gea and Barcelona reducing the second half to a half-paced possession-based training exercise saved Utd from further misery. True, Solskjaer is restricted by the glaring limitations within the Utd squad. But it is not the first time Solskjaer has shown such a lack of faith in his side; against PSG in the previous round and notably against bitter rivals Liverpool in the Premier League, he employed a similarly negative approach. And yet Solskjaer remains untouchable, lauded as the Messiah, the chosen one destined to lead Utd back to their former glories. Jose Mourinho was routinely slaughtered for his 'park-the-bus' approach to key games; his caution derided as being anti-Man Utd. The Portuguese tactician would have been crucified had his Man Utd failed to trouble the opposing goalkeeper in a crucial European match under the lights at Old Trafford....


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