Manchester United have once again disappointed at Old Trafford, and while many will claim to have known it was going to be a transitional period, there's few that would have expected it to be this rough.
Throughout this season so far, no matter how bad it has been for United the general response from the fans has been: “it’s a transitional period”.
No matter how transitional it is though, a team like United, with the players at their disposal should not be 9th in the Premier League, but they are.
As we saw in the weekend's fixture- as has been the case in so many other games this season- there was no intensity in the Red Devils' game, and a slow and laboured tempo that doesn’t suit their players.
Adnan Januzaj, Javier Hernandez and Nani had no space to run in behind because United’s slow attack’s gave Newcastle time to regain structure and position, making it hard for Moyes' charges to break down the sturdy Magpies' back line.
United don’t have the nimblest tiki-taka players in the Premier League, but what they do have is pace down the wings, good crossers of the ball and players who can get their head to a meet an aerial pass in the box.
They should use this to their advantage, not trying to break team’s down through the middle, by possibly sacrificing some possession to allow space for a counter attack.
Not only does United’s slow tempo affect their goal threat, but it doesn’t bode well for their defence. Teams aren’t afraid to attack United anymore, because they know they can get back into position before there is any real danger thrust upon them.
To conclude, while it isn’t a period of time where many were expecting greatness from United they have gone off on completely the wrong track.
Lacking any impotence and drive; the Premier League champions must sort this out soon if they harbour any hopes- no matter how slim- of retaining their title.
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