You are right Solskjaer – Man United are not good enough

By Robert Abong'o: Thursday, January 23rd 2020 at 09:52 GMT +3 | Football
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts alongside Burnley manager Sean Dyche [COURTESY]

“Tonight wasn't good enough for a Manchester United team…” said a besieged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after breaking yet another record at Man United, having the lowest tally of points after 24 games (34) in the top-flight since the 1989-90 season.

Like a relationship with zero trust, patience is slowly becoming a fairytale at Manchester United.

As fans started exiting Old Trafford five minutes before full time as the team painfully lost to Burnley last night, you could see why they were labelled an ‘embarrassment’.

General view of the scoreboard and empty seats as Manchester United fans leave before the end of the match [COURTESY]

For 90 minutes, Man United, with all its might failed to break down a Burnley side pegged on defense and countering – perhaps a taste of their own medicine.

Solskjaer could be right. Manchester United, maybe, are just not good enough.

Suffering a third defeat in four Premier League games, the team lingers a distant fifth in the Premier League table, with Wolverhampton, Tottenham, Sheffield and Crystal Place all hot on its heels.

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If you want to have a clear picture of how the mighty have fallen, here’s an interesting stat about Man United.

This current team (34 points from 24 games and fifth on goal difference), in the last decade, would never make it into the top six by the end of January.

In the last decade this would place them:

2009-19: 8th

2010-11: 7th

2011-12: 8th

2012-13: 8th

2013-14: 9th

2014-15: 9th

2015-16: 7th

2016-17: 8th

2017-18: 7th

2018-19: 7th

Manchester United's Harry Maguire, Nemanja Matic and teammates look dejected after conceding their second goal [COURTESY]

You can understand why fans are frustrated. After Man United conceded the second goal to Burnley via a superb Jay Rodriguez thunderbolt, the ‘Theater of Dreams’ was on its feet, with the popular “stand up if you hate Glazers” chant, adding to the woes of the already suffering squad that looked mentally fatigued.

This was an indication the fan-base was fed up with the club owners.

You cannot blame them. Man United’s squad, at the start of the decade cost less than 250 million pounds. Today, the squad costs more than 800 million pounds. Food for thought.

After the defeat the Man United boss pleaded for time to get his house back in order.

"We have got to hold our hands up and say it wasn't good enough. In the first half we created some half openings but we were not sharp enough to take our chances. The boys have given everything they have got but they are experiencing this period for the first time in their lives. When you are at Manchester United you are playing at the biggest and best club in the world. Some of them have played 10, 12, 15 games and it's not easy for them," said Solskjaer.

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