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Manchester United’s season took another turn for the worse on Sunday afternoon as relegation-threatened Newcastle United beat them at St James’ Park.
The only goal of the game was scored by Matthew Longstaff, and while Newcastle took their fair share of the credit; the United half of the game was damning.
It has been a turbulent era at Old Trafford since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. This era has seen David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all try their luck in the hot seat, before falling short of the standards required, and current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could also be going down the same route.
United made the decision to let go of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku in the summer without replacing the strikers. That lack of goalscoring threat was evident on a fateful Sunday afternoon for the fallen giants.
The Red Devils only had three shots on goal in the 90 minutes, and have even gone 135 minutes without a shot on target this week.
To make matters even worse, the Newcastle goal was scored following United taking a corner at the opposite end of the field.
David De Gea gave a rare look into the United changing room at full-time yesterday, and his assessment was heartfelt.
The Spanish number one who has recently signed a new deal at Old Trafford said: “Everything (is going wrong). I think a lot of things need to improve. They were the better team today.
“I don’t know what to say, really. Just keep trying, keep fighting, keep improving every day. It’s a hard moment for us, a difficult moment, but we are United, and we need to keep fighting.”
Forget any of the staff. Forget the manager. Definitely forget the players.
David De Gea is the only individual in the entire club who deserves any kind of respect or admiration from the fans.
The only constant shining light in the last 6 years. The club owes him everything. pic.twitter.com/iWNMtjs15X
— Michael Tunstall (@TFWriter) October 6, 2019
He was then asked if this was the club’s worst period since he joined the in the summer of 2011. He replied: “Yeah. Probably the worst time, most difficult time, since I’ve been here. I don’t know. I don’t know what is happening. Come on; we cannot score even one goal in two games. Sorry to the fans.”
“We will keep fighting for sure, we will come back, but at the moment we are in a difficult situation. It’s a hard moment for us. The most difficult time since I’ve been here. I don’t know why or what is happening.
“The team needs to step up. We have some big injuries, but that’s no excuse. We are Manchester United, we need to keep training hard, fighting and winning games.”
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The bookmakers‘ odds tumbled on Solskjaer to be the next manager to lose his job, but ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville refuses to place the blame at the door of the manager.
The Sky Sports pundit said: “Their recruitment has been woeful for many years and they’ve been all over the place in terms of different styles of managers who are bringing in players.
They now need to fix the style, fix a way of recruiting and go and get the players. They got three in the summer of the right type, they’ve done OK so far, but they need another five or six.
“The board need to hold their nerve. They’re responsible for this with poor recruitment, poor selection of managers, going with them and then pulling off them. They’ve also gone for different styles of managers, with Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) now taking the club in a completely different direction.”
United’s next league game sees them back at Old Trafford as they come up against record-chasing Liverpool.
The Red Devils will go into the match at higher odds than they would have before yesterday’s game, and another damaging week off the field for the team could see them go even higher.
Another defeat could spell the end for Solskjaer. United’s odds of relegation tumbled to a record low in the Premier League era with the loss yesterday, as they are now priced at +1000 @ SportsBetting.