Confirmed Starting XI: Lingard, Rashford and Martial lead the line against Young Boys; Lukaku on the bench

Manchester United return to UEFA Champions League action following their boring 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday. United currently sit in second place in their group, needing a win to remain in with a chance of a place in the round of 16 of the competition. Valencia will face Juventus, so a defeat for the Spanish team will give United hope of avoiding the UEFA Europa League this season.

Jose Mourinho and his side are in the firing line again as the way United have performed this season is just not good enough, especially when you factor in the amount this team is paid each week. When you compare this team to Manchester United Women, who have only been together as a team since the summer, you see the problems that Mourinho and his side face as this team is anything but United. The women fit the profile of a Manchester United team, their male counterparts do not.

Crystal Palace is a team that United should have been all over and scoring goals for fun. That was once what happened and with the London side not taking a point in the Premier League in Manchester for more than two decades, that also helps you register just how far Manchester United have fallen nearly six years after Sir Alex Ferguson retired. I am unsure if Mourinho and his team can turn this around. There are so many players who are incapable at the club and there seems to be no way of getting rid of them.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Shaw;

Fred, Matic, Fellaini;

Lingard, Rashford, Martial


Romero; Bailly; Pogba, Mata, Pereira, McTominay; Lukaku

Teamwork. This is what every team needs. Manchester United have none right now. There is no desire, not determination, no hunger and no reason for them to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. These players are multi-millionaires, they won’t get docked any wages, they are able to do what they want and some have already out-stayed a number of different managers already with little or no repercussion.

When a team is not motivated to work as a team, there is no team. Manchester United have spectacularly fallen from grace in nearly six years. Gone are the days when success meant everything. Right now, success, which United have experienced minimally in six years, has been seen as an ego boost for players and the hierarchy of the club, who have seemingly used that success to bring in sponsors. The money train must keep rolling.

If these players cared about anything to do with Manchester United, even if they had lost faith in the manager, fighting for the fans would be something that should be done, rather than put in lame performance after lame performance. These players do not respect the supporters as a whole as they are serving up the same rubbish game after game. How this United team managed three wins on the bounce a few weeks back is something that cannot be explained.

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