|Atletico Madrid took to Twitter to shade Manchester United after a 1-0 success at Old Trafford sent the Red Devils crashing from the champions league on Tuesday night. (Photo credit: @Atletienglish)|
Manchester United are out of the champions league and that’s not the only problem, they never looked like going farther than this stage regardless of the individual quality in their squad but the question of where they go from here needs answers faster than anything else.
Let’s talk about a damning stat from Manchester United’s champions league run since 2011 shall we? United have won just two champions league knockout games since 2011, would you believe that? They haven’t won a knockout game at Old Trafford since 2014.
Since beating Olympiakos 3-0 in 2014 under David Moyes, United have only scored once at home after emerging from the group stage and you wonder what in the world they’re in the tournament for if they can’t actually compete.
It isn’t the fact that they have lost the cutting edge but the insane predictability that is now a good part of their story, and as we all know it’s beyond names now but what you actually do on the pitch, again you ask where do they go from here?
The so-called big names disappeared on the night against Atletico Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo went from a monstrous hatrick weekend to a quiet night on the same pitch, Harry Maguire continues to be more of a threat to United than the opposition and a sorry David De Gea could only wish he wasn’t there at all.
Back to domestic struggles, they have crashed out of the champions league but can they return there next season? Arsenal are above United on the table and even have three games in hand, although two of those are against two of the top three in Liverpool and Chelsea but the Gunners’ form means you can’t rule them out of a potential surprise.
Players like Paul Pogba and Ronaldo would make up their minds on next destination but how much of favors have they done the club? Ronaldo has been doing the scoring as expected but has he really helped the squad balance?
Bruno Fernandes was the star before the arrival of the super star, what happened to him ever since Ronaldo arrived? He’s been a shadow of himself and you won’t be wrong to put it on the big man upfront considering the fact that all balls must go to Ronaldo.
When Ralf Rangnick was announced, many were excited at the fact that he would lead United out of the doldrums, his body language suggests it’s probably bigger than him and like we can tell, it will take more than a new manager and a cultural reset to restore things at Old Trafford.