As Manchester United head for tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Southampton, there are three decisions that fans on social media are keen to see manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer make.
For better or for worse, Solskjaer has proven himself to have his own mind when making team selections, which often include players that the majority of fans would not select.
The first is the Maguire/Lindelof centre-back partnership. Fans are unconvinced by the pairing and would prefer Axel Tuanzebe or, if fit, Eric Bailly to get the nod, especially at a time when Lindelof is struggling with an ongoing back problem and Maguire is struggling for form.
‘Hopefully the Tuanzebe – Lindelof partnership can happen,’ said one fan.
If we get rice or Zakaria and Play 433 with 2 box to box of either Pogba Donny and Bruno we can with the league also would need a better Cb than Maguire hopefully the Tuanzebe Lindelof partnership can happen
— Paraic (@Wartial_) November 25, 2020
‘Lindelof, Bailly, Tuanzebe all comfortably better [than Maguire]’ said another.
Rubbish, stop with the excuses. Been absolutely terrible, nowhere near United quality. Lindelof, Bailly, tuanzebe all comfortably better https://t.co/56wXeybxAw
— Dapps (@OladapoJ) November 21, 2020
The second issue on many fans’ minds is that new signing Donny van de Beek should be in the starting XI. They got their wish on Tuesday for the Champions League match against Istanbul Basaksehir and were rewarded with an excellent all-round performance. But Solskjaer has yet to start the Dutchman in a single Premier League game this season.
‘If Ole doesn’t start VDB today, i will start a petition for the UK parliament to investigate him,’ joked one fan before Tuesday’s game.
If Ole doesn’t start VDB today, i will start a petition for the UK parliament to investigate him.
— Haboye Of Lagos 👑#EndSARS ❌ (@King_Maxxxxx) November 24, 2020
‘VDB has to start this weekend,’ said another.
VDB has to start this weekend.
— ♕ (@adoresmufc) November 27, 2020
The final popular vote is that Mason Greenwood should be in the starting XI. Solskjaer has used the 19-year-old sparingly this season amidst vague tales of illness and rumours of disciplinary issues. But many fans believe the kid gloves need to come off so that the side’s most natural goalscorer can do what he does best.
‘Mason should start against Southampton. We clearly noticed how good he was against Istanbul, coming off the bench. Got an assist,’ one fan noted.
Mason should start against Southampton. We clearly noticed how good he was against Istanbul, coming off the bench. Got an assist 🌟
We have clearly seen that Mata lacks the pace on the RW.
— Manchester United Fan Club India (@MUFC_India) November 27, 2020
‘Most United fans know what Mason can be … Mason can surpass records, big records and so I want him to have the time. Becoming starting striker early is key,’said another.
3. The Main Reason – Mason Greenwood
Most utd fans know what Mason can be, so why sign a striker almost the same age instead of making Mason our boy, the main man, Mason can surpass records, big records and so i want him to have the time, Becoming starting ST early is key. pic.twitter.com/MaPxwGMVUO
— Kai 🍟 (@MercurialManc) November 26, 2020
For fans, some of these decisions seem obvious, but managers work with the players day in, day out and know them at a personal level. Usually this means that the boss is probably much more informed than the fans when going in a different direction, although it can sometimes also mean that their personal relationships with different players cloud their judgement as to their abilities.
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