Manchester United: The new Arsenal

A New Low

Manchester United slumped to a dreadful 2-0 defeat against Burnley on Wednesday at Old Trafford and now is perhaps the lowest point in the club's Premier League history.

Not once did the host's look in the game, as the away side looked comfortable throughout and kept United's lacklustre, tactically inept players at bay. Throughout the game, Anthony Martial and Fred were forced into long shots and Aaron Wan-Bissaka resulted in hopelessly whacking the ball into the empty Burnley area far too often.

As time went on, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to adjust to Sean Dyche's superior tactics and the former increasingly looked more and more out his depth by the minute. Plus, Solskjaer didn't exactly have many options for men to change the game, shockingly resulting in bringing on a left-back in Luke Shaw and the consistently below par Jesse Lingard.

'The New Arsenal'

Everything about this current disaster in Manchester resembles that of the downfall of Arsenal. From top to bottom, fans to players, owners to customers, this is an utter horror show.

United are now at a point where fans are spending most of their time at Old Trafford orchestrating anti-Woodward chants and preparing their lungs for the inevitable half-time boos. At the same time, the players now look too familiar in their uninspiring form, whilst the manager continues to absorb the scolding heat from the faithful around him.

Now, the club are doing everything Arsenal did which led to their current state: trust in a struggling manager, refusing to pay for elite players, settling for mediocracy, failing to replace key men, and overall, not putting in an effort to adapt.

It doesn't take a genius to know that the Gunners have let things get so bad today, that they have permanently damaged their reputation. Now, we're at a point where AFTV have become a regular post-match comedy show, the club simply cannot attract the players they need, and the manager fiasco is never ending.

How Does Solskjaer Justify His Stay?

Whether you're #OleIn or #OleOut, there can be little debate on the fact that, ultimately, he is completely out of his depth. Similar to David Moyes immediately post-Sir Alex Ferguson, his CV, experience and proven quality did not equal what the club really needed.

Moyes was hired because they saw a long-term Scottish manager and wanted the next Sir Matt Bubsy or Fergie. Now, similarly, Solskajer was hired because of his connection to the club, rather than his success at Molde and disaster at Cardiff.

After the Burnley defeat, the Norwegian has now lost 12 games and won 11 since he took over permanently on March 28. And, more embarrassingly, the three points dropped last night was the 57th since March, whilst Liverpool have let slip just two points.

Yes, Solskjaer knows the club. But this idea of youth and attacking football is merely a Football Manager philosophy rather than a segment in a blueprint for success. His coaching, their youth, and the budget is not good enough and now the United boss is really struggling to justify his worth.

How Long Till It Gets Too Bad?

As alluded to, Arsenal have let things get so bad now that they struggle to do anything significant at the top of the table and in the transfer market. In truth, other than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil, how many genuinely world class players have the Gunners recruited this past decade? This is because the talent at the squad, the position in the table and their ultimate aim has not appealed to the giants of the game.

Arsenal's downfall started in 2005/06 when the club saw superstar names like Patrick Viera depart and as they began to finish fourth almost every year, refusing to match the increasing power of Chelsea, in the process. Now, United are doing the exact same and potentially reaching a point where things will get too bad.

We are already seeing players like Paul Pogba tease with leaving and stars such as Paulo Dybala refuse to join the club.

It's getting more and more Arsenal-esque by the week for United.

What Next?

Top to bottom, change is needed. First and foremost, the owners need to cooperate or face problems that could get too serious. In other words, they need to back whoever is in charge financially or they could consistently become a top-four challenger rather than a title contender.

In today's modern football world, clubs have to spend to a certain degree. This wont always buy success, of course, but recruiting Bruno Fernandes is certainly more logical than keeping faith in Andreas Pereira.

The toxicity is rising to the point of eruption at Old Trafford and the owners need to understand that whilst they are still profitable, at the end of the day, it's success on the pitch that fills their pockets more than anything.

Whether they keep Solskjaer, remains to be seen. But the problems are deeper than this, and the owners have to spend right now and go from there.


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