The fall of Man United and a tale of a familiar cycle
|Harry Maguire rues a missed opportunity in their failed night at Leipzig. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
At the end of the day, with bottom line as context, all the worth of Bruno Fernandes after he joined and changed the fortunes of Manchester United amount to nothing as the Red Devils crashed of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after losing 3-2 in Germany.
It’s been coming for a long time, they flatter to deceive and fans call for the head of the manager almost after every defeat but like we have come to know it, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably go on a winning streak and fans will go back to thinking they will win everything in sight.
Manchester United went into their final group game against Leipzig from a position of comfort.
They were top of Group H in the Champions League but by the time the final whistle went, they were third with the other game at Parc des Princes halted due to an alleged racism incident.
In a week that started on a challenging note after the comeback win at the London Stadium as controversial super-agent, Mino Raiola went public with a bombshell that Paul Pogba will not be renewing his contract at Old Trafford and he will seek to leave at the earliest opportunity.
Whether it was the occasion of the Frenchman’s screamer that leveled the scores against West Ham that handed a voice to the agent and the players’ camp, that would be a debate for another day.
But the crash in Europe against a team they tore apart at Old Trafford is the hot topic.
Numbers are currently against Ole but the board seems to be firmly behind him.
He is the first English manager to lose six out of his first 10 Champions League games and will now resume in Europa when the elite continental games return in February.
Manchester City will seek to heap more misery on the Red Devils when they visit Old Trafford this weekend.
Fans will definitely be there to make all the noise and hope Ed Woodward hears them but they shouldn’t expect much as it is now clear that the rot is deeper than they think.
A lot is going wrong at Manchester United and they have to acknowledge it, while it is a relief of some sorts to pick out the faults in other teams, but neglecting the crisis in yours will make you the real joke.
Since Alex Ferguson left, Manchester United have had David Moyes which was calamitous, Ryan Giggs for four games with 50% success rate, Louis Van Gaal which ended with a text message, Jose Mourinho, and now Class of 92 product, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
One would ask if they’re not tired of the flattering to deceive cycle, go on a dreadful run and then mask problems with comeback wins and big results, then they rinse, then they repeat...
What is the ambition at Old Trafford?
This is a valid question they need to ask, but fans must lower their expectations.
It’s okay to throw jabs at other teams for failings, but how do they react to their own failures?
Excuses or real and practical measures?