Away slips a major issue EtH must sort - The Stratford Observer

Away slips a major issue EtH must sort

Stratford Editorial 5th Oct, 2023   0

Manchester United’s struggles in the past few seasons have been well listed and what ails them now has been growing since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. So early in the season, Manchester United find themselves struggling, having managed just six points from a possible 15 in the Premier League. With the UEFA Champions League also getting into the mix, things are definitely bound to get tougher for United. This is where the manager, Erik ten Hag must come through for the team. It is a tough time for United, dealing with both on and off pitch issues but a glaring one that must be sorted is the team’s away day woes. Manchester United have struggled against strong opposition on the road, and with pressure have even succumbed against weaker opposition. This, as the manager deals with most other issues the club is facing, remains a top area of concern that he must handle.

One away point

After collecting just one point away from home in their meetings with teams that finished in the top nine last season, any time United plays away from home it is always a worry for the traveling fans. This season, they’ve already suffered away losses at Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Their situation was made worse with a home loss to Brighton and they have two straight away games coming, at Bayern Munich and Burnley. In their state of affairs, both the Champions League and Premier League tips on Cheekypunter site will not favor a great outing for Manchester United in these away games and it is tougher for them with the injuries and other issues. It is too early to say Manchester United is in a crisis and the manager alluded to the same after the defeat to Brighton, but in their away form, United may struggle to reach targets in the near future.

Never too far

A crisis is never too far away, and Ten Hag will want to address what he can. Issues like Antony’s he can’t deal with, but he can try and boost the psychological aspects of his players for away games. After five matches, they are 13th in the league standings, already nine points behind league leaders Manchester City and their title hopes have been ruled out this early, despite spending heavily on new players. All this is having in mind that United haven’t played Manchester City and Liverpool, teams that beat them heavily in the league last season. At Liverpool, United conceded seven goals, and at City they shipped six goals. They also failed to hold on to leads at Arsenal, Tottenham and Aston Villa, while losing at Newcastle United. Much fault has been placed on the leadership in the team, with a number of pundits and

fans alike starting to question the selection of Bruno Fernandes as captain. Not that his predecessor, Harry Maguire was any better, but the lack of personalities and characters to lift the team have pointed to United’s struggles. A particular concern is the fact that United have conceded 38 on the road in the Premier League, compared to 15 at home since Erik ten Hag’s arrival.


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