Manchester United: Analyzing the Club’s Performance and Future Prospects

2023-12-12 23:22:13

English media consultants could only note the weakness of Manchester United, eliminated from all European competitions after their 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Are Manchester United fans angry or finally resigned? “It’s the best of the worst scenarios. I prefer that this team leaves Europe completely and concentrates on the championship,” reacted former England international defender Rio Ferdinand after the Red Devils’ 1-0 home defeat against Bayern Munich, who conceded no clear chances and only one shot on target. A result which puts the English club in 4th place in Group A of the Champions League, behind FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray, and which also deprives it of the Europa League play-offs.

“Manchester United learned a harsh truth at Old Trafford. They have no place in this competition. They are not good enough to compete against Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Inter or any other team that will qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League”, notes the Daily Mail, stunned by a performance “anemic, uninspired and desperately mediocre”.

“A worrying performance”

An opinion shared by legendary midfielder Paul Scholes, consultant for TNT Sports: “Bayern still had three or four gears to go. If they had wanted to do more, they could have done it. (…) I think that “Above all, this is a worrying performance.” An opinion shared on the CBS Sports show Golazo by Jamie Carragher, who believes that the “bar is too low” now in Manchester.

According to Rio Ferdinand, the rout is not played out in this match but during poor performances in Munich (4-3), Copenahgen (4-3) and Istanbul (3-3): “Scoring three goals in each of his matches away and not taking points is criminal. You only get what you deserve when you don’t have a sense of goal or you can’t finish matches “. Failures which also make Manchester United the worst defense of a Premier League club in Champions League groups (15 goals conceded), seat Opta.

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“We need a structure adapted to modern football”

But for Chris Sutton, famous Celtic striker and speaker for BBC Radio 5, this defeat is a reminder above all that many recruitment errors have been made: “They have spent more than 400 million pounds sterling (465 million euros) since ‘Erik Ten Hag is the head of the club. How much has Copenhagen spent during this time?’ Answer: less than 50 million euros, or around nine times less.

Finally, is Erik ten Hag, named Premier League coach of the month in November, still the man for the job? Former Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel does not overwhelm him and calls for a step back from Paramount+: “I don’t think there is a single person who can do what people like Arsène Wenger and Sir Alex have done… What we need is a structure adapted to modern football” .

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