Manchester United yet again faced a humiliating 1-0 defeat against Newcastle in a league match on October 6 at St. James' Park. Midfielder, Matty Longstaff, put the ball past David De Gea to inflict United's combined 11th successive defeat in all competitions.
In response to this, former Red Devils skipper and right back, Gary Neville, targetted United's board, stating that their decisions have not been in the best interest of this club. In addition to this, he stated that United at this point does not have a winning mentality. They have started to let go of the ball a lot and they've lost the aggressiveness that United was known for. The quality of the players is not up to the mark and this team has not gone forward since Sir Alex Ferguson retired but have taken a few steps back.
Neville also said that the Club is not moving in the right direction as they have made unnecessary expenditures in terms of players and have changed managers to get spontaneous results. However, they should have appointed a manager of a particular style and given him few transfer windows to remove the deadwood and rebuild the team as worthy title contenders. Gary Neville stated that if Manchester United is changing managers every once in a while with every manager getting millions of pounds to spend, then it is going to be a huge issue in the coming seasons.
The former premier league champions are now facing the brunt of aimless decisions being taken by the board and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be given time and money the other managers had the privilege of having during their tenure.
In order to improve their fortunes, Manchester United have to adapt to a single playing style and stick to it, so that a consistency sets in that, in turn, will give them a decent run of results in the beginning but they need to keep one thing in mind that they cannot rush anything and have to be patient in order to reclaim their status as one of the most successful English clubs.
Football pundit, Jamie Redknapp, is of the opinion that Manchester United are committing the exact same mistakes that Liverpool made in the 1990s and early part of the 2000s such as frequently changing managers, trying to grab everything in order to make things right. He further added that Ole has got a once in a lifetime opportunity to manage Manchester United at a time the club is in the rebuilding process.
In order to get back at the top, Manchester United has to start from scratch in terms of their playing style, recruitment of players and managers and most importantly steer themselves in the right direction. The team has further fallen down to the 12th position in the league table after losing 1-0 to Newcastle and winning only 2 of the 8 premier league matches they have played so far.
(With inputs from agencies)