Thu. May 26th, 2022

Ole Gunnar Solskjær recently admitted that he was backed up in the transfer market at Manchester United this summer.

Although it may seem obvious considering that United signed Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, Solskjær’s public record seemed to have greater significance. This is because one could perceive it as if Solskjær was on record to admit that there will be no more room for apologies this season – he simply has to deliver the first trophy in his term.

After inheriting Jose Mourinho’s squad, which was frankly in disarray after silverware was pursued at the expense of the club’s long – term sustainability and health, Solskjær quickly proved he was the perfect candidate to rebuild United.

Whether Solskjær can take United to another level after many years of clear and impressive development on the field is still unknown, but there is no doubt that the talent he now has at his disposal in Carrington, naturally increases the pressure.

Solskjær has United in the strongest position they have been in since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and yet performances this season have not been encouraging. United looked electric on the opening day against Leeds, and there was tangible hope and faith among the terraces at Old Trafford, but they have since failed to match this display, much to the frustration of fans.

With poor results comes increased control and Solskjær’s team selection and choice of formations has again been a talking point this season, so what is United’s strongest XI when everyone in the club is in shape and available?

David de Gea’s phenomenal renaissance has ensured that he is United’s No. 1 this season, while the four backs who protect the Spaniard truthfully choose themselves with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw a title-challenging worthy of defense.

Wan-Bissaka has received the most scrutiny of these four during this period, but the extent of the criticism is unjustified — the right-back remains one of the best defenders in the league despite his sometimes dubious attacking play.

Which players would be your starting -XI? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Solskjær has continued with the 4-2-3-1 formation in this campaign with Fred and Scott McTominay at the double focal point, and although this approach is believed to be risk-averse, the system fails what it is supposed to deliver — adequate defensive cover over.

United have looked more vulnerable in the back on several occasions with Fred and McTominay at the center, so now is the time for Solskjær to change pace and go for three in midfield, allowing United to seize the initiative in matches.

Greenwood and Ronaldo seem inevitable starters after enjoying a strong start to the new campaign.

Sancho has played on the left flank with Solskjær, who also played Pogba in that position, but Marcus Rashford has made his full return from injury – he played through the pain barrier last season – and his story proves he is the right man to start there, if at. his best.

United have wanted a spark in recent weeks, and Rashford’s return may just be the catalyst they need for improvement.

A 4-3-3 alignment was the formation of choice for.

Strongest XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fernandes, Pogba, Greenwood, Rashford, Ronaldo.


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