Register Login Scores

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....

Comments

Top 5

Chiefs' Last 16 Signings – Hit Or Miss?

50 Jun 14, 2019 01:13 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid Real Stars After Hazard Signing

10 Jun 10, 2019 07:15 PM in Real Madrid

Transfers Already Confirmed For Next Season

5 Jun 11, 2019 07:14 PM in International

Teko Modise Set For New Role...

9 Jun 11, 2019 03:24 PM in Siyagobhoza

Chiefs' Last 16 Signings – Hit Or Miss?

50 Jun 14, 2019 01:13 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: Real Unveil Hazard In Front Of 50 000 Fans

17 Jun 13, 2019 08:14 PM in LaLiga

Bucs Set Pace In Transfers As Season Start Nears…

13 Jun 13, 2019 07:45 AM in Orlando Pirates

Bucs Star Leaves For Club Abroad

35 Jun 11, 2019 05:02 PM in Orlando Pirates

UEFA Announce UCL Squad Of The Season, Snub Salah & Mbappe

6 Jun 03, 2019 09:19 PM in UEFA Champions League

Confirmed: Chiefs Announce Big-Name Signing!

102 Jun 11, 2019 05:08 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

13 Apr 02, 2019 12:30 PM in International

SAFA To Investigate Bafana’s Airport Fiasco

6 Jun 11, 2019 01:03 PM in Bafana