Newcastle v Man Utd: Stuttering United lose at St James Park

1. I will continue to support Solskjaer in this journey until it becomes clear that United will be better without him at the helm. Because no one person is bigger than the club.  I had the same view when Jose was United manager and when he got the sack, I felt that it was justified because he had failed in his plan and the team was at the point of no return.  I sincerely don’t think that we’re there yet with Ole and his project for United was always going to be uphill until he builds a team that is capable of challenging for honours.  Luck is not on his side because any team missing four players of the calibre of Pogba, Martial, Wan Bissaka and Shaw, not to mention Lindelof, is always going to struggle, particularly when the squad is short in numbers and relying on youngsters.  The team has to stick together around the Manager and continue to work hard.  The process will be long and hard.  Let’s hope that it will be worth the wait.

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2. That said, I will still criticise the Manager when I think it’s due. Steve Bruce must have had a terrible week after the big loss against Leicester at the weekend and he had to rely on his managerial experience to rally his team.  And what does he do?  He brings in the team a fiery 19-year-old to make his senior debut.  He took the risk and the youngster repaid the trust with a winning goal.  Ole should take a leaf out of Bruce’s book.  He cannot continue to play has-beens like Mata and then bring in youngsters when for the last 20 minutes or later.  The team needs a spark from somewhere and a young kid with the fire in the belly can be infectious throughout the whole team.  Just do it…

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3. Despite the team lacking quality in crucial areas of the pitch, the players are still fighting for the shirt and Rashford, Pereira, McTominay and Tuanzebe to mention a few were full of endeavour during the match against Newcastle. There is no doubt that in difficult times, fighting for every ball is a must.  Let’s face it, after today’s match, we are 12th in the table, just two points, yes two points above the relegation zone.  Winning is infectious but so is losing.  We need to stop the rot as from the next match.  And what a better way to come up with a United performance than against our eternal rivals at Old Trafford?  Roll on 20th October!!

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