Just over a week into the new season, any aspirations Manchester United supporters may have had for a new era to dawn at Old Trafford are in grave risk of being dashed.
If the loss to Brighton on the first day wasn’t embarrassing enough, the supporters’ humiliation was increased on Saturday as they watched their team get destroyed against Brentford. It was a performance that supported the widespread belief that this team needs a significant makeover, which many people have held for a long time.
The myriad issues with United have been severely highlighted in the first two games of the season. Despite the club bringing in Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, and Tyrell Malacia thanks to Erik ten Hag’s signings, there is still a shortage of quality around the field.
Ten Hag has done well by recognizing the issues and making an effort to fix them. He gave United the responsibility of acquiring Frenkie de Jong, Antony, and Jurrien Timber in order to address three crucial problems; however, the team has yet to do so.
It’s time for the club to deviate from their customary strategy and finally make some significant decisions because their issues have now been exposed in the most public of ways. Over the past year, they have sat on their hands much too frequently.
After being humiliated at home by Liverpool, United should have acted when it became clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was doomed. Instead, they stood by and watched as a club legend progressively damaged his reputation before there was nothing left to do.
The Reds’ modest defeat to Wolves at the beginning of January provided the ideal opportunity to make a move in the market and back Ralf Rangnick, the team’s recently named interim manager. They made the decision to disregard his advice, and they are now suffering as a result.
The club still failed to take action soon enough during the off-season despite the fact that United endured far too many embarrassing incidents last season. They’re still dithering over potential recruits right now.
The Antony case appears to have stalled, whereas the De Jong tale has continued all summer. Martinez was hired when Timber’s pursuit came to an end, but the right-back position’s lack of talent has not been improved.
It’s time for the club to finally act decisively and make sincere efforts to make things better. If doing so necessitates ending their involvement with De Jong and turning their attention elsewhere, then so be it. After all, the choice ought to have been made a long time ago.
Due to the lack of support he received in the transfer market, Ten Hag’s preseason optimism has been virtually destroyed during the first two games of the new season. It’s time for the team to finally make some judgments when it matters if this is to prove to be the beginning of a rebirth at Old Trafford.