Six issues Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must resolve during winter break

Posted Monday, February 03, 2020 by

Six issues Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must resolve during winter break
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot to sort out during the winter break (Image: GETTY)

Manchester United do not play until February 17 when they travel to Chelsea in a must-win clash.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his side are in need of a break to discover their best form, now his wish has been granted. The 0-0 draw against Wolves will feel like another opportunity missed in the race for the top four, with Chelsea drawing at Leicester on Saturday lunch-time. Express Sport looks at several areas which require attention from Solskjaer during the interval, which could help get their season back on track.

Get Ighalo settled in

Odion Ighalo is yet to meet his Manchester United team-mates, but the new signing will be keen to hit the ground running.

He arrives at a time when the United squad are likely to be resting, for the first week of their 15 days off.

Nonetheless, he has not played competitive football since last year and will need to get up to speed.

It’s also going to take him some time to adapt to Solskjaer’s demands and style, but the club staff should waste no time in helping him settle.

Martial: Striker or winger?

Anthony Martial’s performance as No 9 against Wolves left a lot to be desired.

Naturally, he looked keen to pull out wide but United currently require a focal point in their attack.

Jose Mourinho ended the debacle during his time at the club, by claiming Martial is a winger, not a striker.

Now Solskjaer has given him another chance to shine as a centre-forward, but he has flattered to deceive.

United are at their best when he is on the wing.

Williams over Shaw

It came as a great surprise to most supporters to see Luke Shaw get the nod over Brandon Williams against Wolves.

The youngster has been one of a few positives this season, after emerging from the club’s academy system.

Yet despite his eye-catching displays, he still hasn’t nailed down a spot in the starting XI.

He’s most definitely better than Shaw and gives United something extra going forward. He must start.

most definitely better than Shaw and gives United something extra going forward. He must start.

Banish the inconsistency

This is easier said than done, but United’s inconsistency is likely to prove their downfall come May.

Their home form simply isn’t good enough when required when in the past playing at Old Trafford almost seemed like a guaranteed three points.

It’s been one step forward and two steps back on far too many occasions and even a run of three of four consecutive wins would help them tighten their grip on fourth.

Luckily for United, their fellow rivals have also failed to put together any winning streaks, whoever does will gain an edge.

De Gea chat

It’s safe to say David de Gea is the not the goalkeeper he used to be.

On several occasions this season, he has let the team down with questionable goalkeeping.

Dean Henderson has been excellent for Sheffield United yet again this season and many are starting to believe he could be the future United No 1.

Solskjaer needs to have a chat with De Gea and try and get him back to his best before the summer, when he will have a key decision to make.

Prioritise Premier League or Europa League

As the season rumbles on, United are going to encounter more difficulty juggling league and European commitments.

While United will want to do well in both, prioritising one could prove beneficial in their pursuit of Champions League football.

For now, Solskjaer will fancy his chances in both, but United can’t afford to take their foot off the gas just yet.

Last season, Arsenal blew their chances of a top-four finish and Europa League glory, by gunning for both.

United should take note and perhaps focus on the Premier League, seeing as they have won the Europa League before in 2017.

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