The MEN have reported that Match of the Day personality Jermaine Jenas has disagreed with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s verdict on Manchester United’s performance against Southampton.
United struggled to a draw at St Mary’s with is the third game in succession this season and another game in which they’ve dropped points.
Solskjaer called the run “a dip in results, not a dip in form” but it is hard to go with this assessment as it is still very cleat that there are problems facing the club.
Solskjaer felt that United created opportunities to win the game but with players like Jesse Lingard being dropped and Markus Rashford in poor form -it is hard to predict where United are going over the next three to six months.
Jenas, spoke on the BBC highlights show and said United didn’t create enough chances to merit the three points. He was probably correct.
Once Southampton had Kevin Danso dismissed they did find opportunities to unlock the Southamption defence but failed to make that breakthrough.
“I totally disagree (with Solskjaer),” he said.
“In terms of being clinical, you have to create those opportunities and in my opinion these are half chances.
“Ole said they dominated the game and need to be more clinical. They had a decent start but once they got the goal they completely took the foot off the pedal and let Southampton back into the game.
“They only started creating half chances when Southampton went down to ten men. Until that point the game was only going to Southampton. They didn’t create anything and they didn’t look like scoring.
“I did not see the game that was described to me by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
After watching the match on television I would have to agree with Jenas’ verdict on the game.
His opinion was shared by other pundits, who have doubted United’s top four credentials after their performances since a thrilling opening day 4-0 victory over Chelsea.
United’s Poor Form
In their last few matches United have scored three goals and picked up two points, since that opening day win. The sit seven points behind leaders Liverpool and I would argue have fallen even further behind the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham.
So what would be a successful season for the club? I think they are now a cup team and a good run in the FA cup or Europa would allow more time for them to bed in some of their exciting youth team talent. They are miles away from dominating the Premier League again and it is worrying when the likes of Leicester or a Wolves are closing the gap on the club.