Hoping everyone is having a great weekend so far and ready to enjoy another weekend full of soccer action.
Welcome back to another #SoccerSaturday edition. In this weeks’ edition, It may be time to panic for many Manchester United fans across the world.
Some of you may say no, not yet and some others may say, we’ve panicked for a while now too. Allow me to give you from a Manchester United fan’s perspective why I think it is time to panic.
Manchester United Road Ahead
Manchester United has a very tough road ahead coming into the month of March. The weekend brings a great matchup for the Red Devils as they go against a revitalized Chelsea side that has shown no signs of slowing down. We’ve been talking about how Thomas Tuchel has made a great impact for Chelsea thus far, so for United this is a serious test of their abilities going forward.
United’s injury list continues to be an issue, just this week alone Daniel James, Donny Van De Beek, Cavani and McTominay picked up a few knocks that are questionable for Sunday’s clash. Along with that injury list, Paul Pogba has been out for a bit, just when he was starting to show signs of return to form. Speaking about being in form and fit, there are major concerns where it comes to Anthony Martial whose level as of late has been far more questionable than ever.
Now you look ahead of the schedule and you see the following 5 matches coming for United in March:
English Premier League Fixtures:
- Crystal Palace
- Manchester DERBY!
- West Ham United.
Europa League Fixtures:
- Thursday March 11th: Vs. AC Milan
- Thursday March 18th: at home vs. AC Milan leg 2.
So, with these intense matches coming up, what else is there to panic about? Let me share with you.
English Premier League Status
Here is where as a United fan, I personally start to panic a bit.
While my confidence levels on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have increased especially after a decent turnaround from the atrocious start to the season, I am concerned about deeper issues than OGS. Solksjaer’s mentality this whole year has been experimental, if you look at the inconsistences in our lineup methods, we are often changing our pace and haven’t yet found a true United DNA, so that is my first concern.
My second concern develops from a player side of things. Where it is starting to get close to the end of the 2020-2021 season and there are questions about fitness in certain players, it concerns me that others are not being given enough opportunity to truly bring results as desperately needed. In example, I would love to see the youth of Amad Diallo shine thru these closing season games coming up.
Old Trafford debut ✅
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2021
Personally, seeing Diallo on the pitch to contribute to a very hungry Fernandes would make things in our offensive game that much more calming and encouraging. In the meantime, we continue to experiment with players at last minute and the results are yet to truly show in full.
Lastly, my concern is with the intense level of competition in this years’ English Premier League. Looking at the table, 1st place is not far and done for United but one single tumble can drive them down significantly.
Will United Survive These Next Few Weeks?
Here is the million dollar question for me as a fan, and I’m sure I’m not the only one!
Will United Survive? Personally, the main concern is how these players will remain healthy especially going up against very physically driven teams. I personally believe that if United could walk away with a win against Chelsea and Crystal Palace that would be ideal.
Realistically speaking, these next fixtures for Manchester United could look bring a 1-2-1 record. I doubt United could beat City right now, especially at this insane level Pep Guardiola’s team is playing. For the Europa League, I am heavily concerned for United playing an AC Milan side that has been physical, rough and at times rowdy in their own style of play. OH! And don’t forget that AC Milan has some ex-essential pieces for United like Ibrahimović and Diogo Dallot.
In conclusion, the month of March will be a tell-all for United fans and for the club. Good luck United, and as for the fans, fasten your seatbelts because we are in for a very rocky ride.
Please don’t forget to check out episode 26 of the Yellow Card Podcast, which you can follow on Twitter @Podcastcard.
Also, don’t forget to tune in to our Couch Guy Sports Twitch Channel on Sunday at 11AM, when the folks from the Yellow Card Podcast provide live commentary for the clash between Chelsea and United.
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