Manchester United News: Solskjaer, Telles, Lindelof, Van De Beek


You couldn’t have asked for a worse start to the Premier League season, if you’re a Mancheser United supporter. Crystal Palace, the biggest underdogs of the entire second weekend slate of action, came into Old Trafford and put in a complete, end-to-end, dominant performance.

They won 3-1 in a match that saw them in total control nearly all the way. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted after the match that his side is really short-handed right now. It’s clear, given what he said and what we all saw today that this club must strengthen in the last couple weeks of the summer transfer window.

“You can see we are short and they deserved the points,” Solskjaer said after the game

They were sharper than us in challenges, tackles. We started off slowly and that had a knock-on effect for the rest of the game when they got the first goal.

“We had a long season last season and we didn’t finish until August 16 and we have not had enough preparation time to be sharper.”

“We’ve worked hard with the ones who’ve been here, there have been a few players away on internationals.”

United definitely need help in defense, especially in the center. Victor Lindelof was absolutely shambolic today, and he was directly at fault for much of Palace’s scoring.


Harry Maguire was subpar as well. Together, they had a dreadful outing, and it conveyed just how badly United must upgrade at central defender (as the tweet above agrees).

A lot was said on social media today about how bad Lindelof was, but most of it was just too mean and off-color to post!

Heading into this match, Solskjaer made it clear that his club’s transfer window had just not gone as planned. Well, that’s an understatement.

“You want always to have as long as possible with players,” said Solskjaer on Friday.

“I think last season though shows that good players can adapt and get into a group quickly. Harry [Maguire] came in very late in the transfer window and had a great impact on the performances in the team.”

“You can’t ignore the impact of the coronavirus,” said Solskjaer.

“I think that’s really changed the market. It has been more or less in a period that maybe negotiations will happen. Of course the financial uncertainty of that has added on the difficulty of predicting where we’re at.

“I want players in the building that we want to work with and who want to be a part of it, and who want to be here.

“One, you need the quality on the pitch. You also need the personal qualities and to really want to be here, and you need to show that you want to be here. That’s really important for us as a group.”

“We’re looking at a small pool of players that can add to the quality of our team, and let’s see what we can do. They are working hard and I understand that they are working hard.”

It’s interesting because heading into the summer transfer window, OGS actually said that the pandemic provided a situation that advantageous for his club. The Norwegian explicitly said that his club could even exploit the market.

Funny how that all changed so drastically in such a short period of time.

Interestingly enough, the only player who did score for United today was the one new acquisition that they have made- midfielder Donny van De Beek, who came over from Ajax. You can see video of his goal, scored in the 79′ at this link.

So will United makes moves in the window? Well, reportedly, they are currently in talks to sign Porto left back Alex Telles.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune and SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Please man utd need to at least Raul Jimenez for the attack,0ne no.3 and one central defender.if they to buy sancho now no problem,But honestly James should be on the bench.Again Paul and Fernandez did not play any thing as they are expected,but is not their fault I blame mctommy he should also be on the bench.honestly lindorof was very poor yesterday he needs advice.

  2. Goodluck osifo says

    We have bailey ten times better than lindlorf, but they refused to use him, because he is black, racist club united, i will not be a fan again, i will start supporting Liverpool

  3. Wastage of time to keep watching on poor performance and unqualified players particularly V.Lindelolf.. sign in new who deserve.

  4. Achimi faruk says

    I dont want to see victor lindelove at man u united any more

  5. Honestly ed Woodward is a suspect other top league contenders they bought some new players.u buy a player u bench the player look he van De beek changed the game a bit.lindelof is not worthy to be a premier league defender. Stop looking for full backs we.need.central defenders the most and a.good striker martial is too much ordinary striker. Why is Bailey on the bench that man is way more.better than kindling….please ed Woodward can u just go if you no longer want to be here.

  6. Please mr woodward, stop killing mufc. Atleast utd need 3 new signings:
    1 Leftback
    2 center back
    3 center forward

  7. Beta use E. Baily than Lindlof if Ole needs beta performance in defence line LET’S BE CAREFULL

  8. That game was awful. V lindelof? Are we serious? He did the same thing semi finals Europa. Daniel James in first team
    Surely Manager should style up.

  9. Asinguza jamil says

    Every body is talking about players please i beg our Man United’s problem is OLE the players are now playing the football in their blood the manager is not adding anything on what they know all the players united have were performing from their previous clubs but when they reach at United just flop OLE was a mess we are still suffering.

  10. Asinguza jamil says

    According to me the team defends and the team attacks so my fellow fans let’s not point out individuals my advice to OLE get two deep six players alow pogba Bruno Greenwood be ahead and feed martial with Rashford on the bench to create competition amongst the two and lastly never forget the back four as a United manager.


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