Solskjaer to make two huge decisions in order to bounce back vs Atalanta

Solskjaer to make two huge decisions in order to bounce back vs Atalanta

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have to make two huge decisions if they want to bounce back to winning ways against Atalanta.

Man United will look to get their form back in the right direction when they host the Serie A side at Old Trafford on Wednesday in the Champions League.

The Red Devils have endured poor performances in recent weeks, winning just two from their last seven matches in all competitions, which is nowhere good enough for the size of Manchester United.

Last weekend, United were humbled 4-2 at Leicester City in the Premier League despite Mason Greenwood scoring the opener. It was an eyeopener for Solskjaer.

Manchester United looked well off the pace against the Foxes. No energy, desire whatsoever against the Foxes, and as a fact, they deserved the defeat, at least Solskjaer, Paul Pogba, and Marcus Rashford agreed to that.

Many fans would want to shift the blames away from the players toward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and for some reason, they would be right but for other reasons, they would be wrong.

Solskjaer made a mistake to start Harry Maguire against Leicester City, who only returned to training on Friday after been on the sidelines for weeks with a calf injury. He admitted that was a bad decision.

Aside from that, I couldn’t see any errors Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made against Brendan Rodgers’ men. He started with his best players, the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Jadon Sancho, which would be exactly what any fan would want.

Pogba and Ronaldo disappointed Manchester United, Solskjaer, and the fans with their horrid displays against the Foxes.

Pogba showed no atom of desire. He was a huge minus for the Red Devils. He could not make a single tackle, committed several fouls, and had no single shot on target.

Man United were a man down whilst Pogba was on the pitch. He could not help defensively or offensively. In fact, it would have been far better if United were actually a man down than having a player, who spent every minute of the game jogging around the pitch.

You can’t assume that the spectators at King Power didn’t see Pogba’s abysmal performance. Solskjaer has to drop the Frenchman against Atalanta.

Fans can say a lot about Scott McTominay and Fred pairing but these two midfielders are the workhorses at United. They play with energy, desire, and unity. This is exactly what United need to move forward.

Gary Neville also hinted that starting the likes of Paul Pogba, Ronaldo, Fernandes and Greenwood will cause an unbalance in the team.

‘The performances have been shoddy all season, its scrappy and scruffy to watch,” said Neville. “So when you play against a team with a methodology you’re going to get pulled apart. They got pulled apart against Villa, pulled apart against Everton, pulled apart by Villarreal.

‘We’ve seen a team that’s been picked today with Greenwood, Sancho, Pogba, Ronaldo and Fernandes in that team.

‘I wouldn’t want to be a defender in that team. I’d love them as players but not all in the same team. There’s not enough workhorses.”

Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo should be benched against Atalanta

Cristiano Ronaldo is another player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must drop against Atalanta. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner did not help in the front line. He did not press and could not force Leicester City backline to make mistakes.

The last time both Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo started on the bench, Manchester United led Everton 1-0 at halftime, thanks to a superb Anthony Martial goal. Ronaldo and Pogba came in and both teams shared the points. Some blamed Fred for the equaliser but that was a raw deal towards the Brazilian.

Leicester City boss also hinted that Ronaldo and Fernandes were the reason behind Leicester’s confidence to build from the back and cause problems on United’s backline.

Solskjaer must start Mason Greenwood at no.9 while Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho start on both wings. This frontline will not only bring pace to frontline but will also provide energy, unity and desire to the team.

Brendan Rodgers said: “I thought we started well, their [Manchester United] central players weren’t pressing so we could be patient and work the ball through the pitch, we got into some really good areas and put pressure on their backline.”

How Manchester United should lineup against Atalanta;

David de Gea
Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Bailly, Shaw
Fred, McTominay, Fernandes
Sancho, Greenwood, Rashford

With this team, I see energy, pace, desire, and unity. With Pogba and Ronaldo in the team, I see players who are playing for themselves, which is not proper.