What is going at United?
Manchester United are going through a very tough time at the moment. They are currently sitting in 12th place only two points above the relegation zone after eight matches. It would have been crazy to even think about United and relegation in the same sentence but after the loss to Newcastle, there were people already discussing the possibility. There is no chance that United will be relegated this season, however, the fact that they are so close to the bottom now just shows how low they have come.
When Solskjaer first arrived at United it seemed to be a match made in the heavens. He won 14 of the first 19 games in charge while he was the interim manager and also won all 9 of his away games in that period something that no other United manager has been able to do. However, since March when he signed a 3-and-a-half-year deal, things have not been the same. In their last 16 league games, they have only won four of them. These are not the results that a team trying to reach the top four can afford to be playing.
United started the season very well beating Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day. This made it seem like their fortunes have turned around and that they would have a good season. However, since then, they have only won one league match against Leicester which was a 1-0 win. They also lost at home to Crustal Palace and away to West Ham and Newcastle. Even though there have been some injuries to major players these are worrying times for United. It was also recently released that they have the biggest wage bill in Premier League history which is saying something.
Their next match is against Liverpool and they will be boosted by the fact that some of their big players are in the squad to face their arch-rivals. However, this is a very important match as it could be a drubbing from Liverpool, or it could be the turn of the page in United’s season.