A worrying Manchester United issue has been agreed upon by Alan Shearer and Roy Keane.
The results only tell half the tale as Erik ten Hag’s team has had a less than stellar start, winning twice and losing twice. Even in the games United has won, they have failed to impress, laboring in their opening weekend victory over Wolves and falling down by two goals before fighting back to defeat Nottingham Forest.
Alarm bells are sounding as we approach the first international break after they lost 3-1 to Arsenal away from home on Sunday after giving up twice in stoppage time.
Ten Hag’s arrival led to United’s early-season struggles the previous year, and despite major summer expenditure, the same trends seem to be continuing. Although the group is not lacking in talent, it does seem to be lacking in guts and determination.
Alan Shearer, a Match of the Day analyst, claimed as much to The Rest is Football, saying, “They were horrible at the weekend, Man United. They will continue to have issues until he (Ten Hag) resolves the midfield riddle because it is obvious that Casemiro, Mount, and Fernandes haven’t worked in the two games.
“They have been battered in both games in that department, overrun, out fought and out thought. There is big, big work there for them to improve.”
In an interview with Sky Sports following Arsenal’s loss, United legend Keane made a similar assertion. He stated, “I said before the game, they were bad against Wolves but they got the result and they will be better today – they weren’t.
“They were fine for the first half an hour, but the game is about 90 minutes, and I know you are not going to dominate for that long, but you have to show some belief, desire, and fight.”