Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford, Martial and Lingard lead the line against Cardiff; Pogba starts…

Manchester United will face Cardiff City in the Premier League in Cardiff on Saturday evening. It has been a turbulent week for United. Losing 3-1 to Liverpool at Anfield last weekend was enough for the club to make a change and that came after the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday morning. Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been brought in to replace the Portuguese manager until the end of the season.

There has been some positivity this week, which has not been around the club since the first or Mourinho’s two and a half seasons at the club. Solskjaer has literally given the players a clean slate, also suggesting that the club will be playing attacking football, which will be a change based on the boring football that has been served up recently. Whether Solskjaer has what it takes to succeed at United remains to be seen but you cannot fault his positivity.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Lingard, Rashford, Martial


Romero; Bailly, Dalot; Mata, Pereira, Fred, Fellaini

The problems at United were not just caused by Mourinho. Many seem to blame him for everything. However, similar problems, such as managers not being backed in the transfer market happened under David Moyes and to a point under Louis van Gaal. Also, the lack of footballing knowledge from above was inherent under all three managers. Some seem to solely blame Mourinho. He was at fault in places but many don’t give him credit for what he did.

At times, when United has lost matches, Mourinho made it all about him. Many scolded the former manager for this. However, few actually used the logic they were blessed with to think about reasons he made it all about himself. Mourinho was protecting his players from criticism. You only ever read criticism about Mourinho in the media after poor results, of which there had been a lot of this season alone. There are even people who suggested Mourinho abused players, such as Paul Pogba.

It just goes to show the character of people today. Criticism is seen as abuse. Supposed supporters of the club align support with individual players. Many of United’s players this season have not earned their stripes. The slate is clear for them now which gives them all a platform to put themselves on. However, after what some of these players have done, it is only time before attitudes take control and they assume they won against Mourinho, which in turn could see them do the same again.

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