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Manchester United should be 2nd in the Premier League based on their performances – only behind Man City and above Liverpool

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team came into the season with renewed confidence after an impressive unbeaten pre-season abroad.

After being linked with attacking players like Bruno Fernandes and Spurs’ Christian Eriksen, many critics felt that United’s inability to bolster their ranks would come back to haunt them as the season progresses.

But after a resounding 4-0 win over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on opening day, supporters were over the moon and seemed convinced that Solskjaer’s young side had it in them to challenge City and Liverpool for the English crown.

But the win against Chelsea looks to have been a false start for the club with the 13-time Premier League champions managing to grab only a meagre 2 points from their next 3 games in the league.

While the alarm bells haven’t quite started ringing around Old Trafford yet and most fans seem to still be onboard with Solskjaer’s long-term vision, there is a growing consensus around the club that United need to stop dropping points in games they are generally ‘expected’ to win if they want to achieve their top-4 aspirations.

The playing style may be a major improvement from the dull displays under Mourinho and Van Gaal but the Norwegian will still need to find a way to register maximum points soon to quell the lingering doubts about his ability to lead the club to glory in the future.

Both Solskjaer and his players have talked about how United were ‘unlucky’ to drop points these last few games in their post-game pressers and it seems like they weren’t kidding around either.

A new study undertaken by UtdArena have backed these claims and show that the Red Devils would actually be in second spot behind their noisy neighbours City and above bitter rivals Liverpool if the league table was based on performances (xG) rather than points.

While most fans agreed with the idea that United have played better than their current league standing shows, many also felt that winning against the likes of like Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton is expected from a club of their stature and that United should be higher up the table given their relatively easier fixtures compared to other top 6 sides.

What do you think United fans? Check out the UtdArena’s findings below : 

From twitter.com/utdarena
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The shocking stat doing the rounds after Man Utd’s defeat against City

When the 2018-19 season was approaching its midway point, Manchester United sacked their then manager Jose Mourinho after just 17 games. In those 17 games, United broke a lot of records, but for all the wrong reasons. They had just 26 points, which was their worst return in 29 seasons, they conceded more goals at that point of the season than any other season and had the worst goal difference in 29 years at that point.

But with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (OGS) appointment as caretaker manager, things started to look up instantly. United transformed overnight. High energy, intricate passing, hunger for goals and much improved performances saw United go 12 league games unbeaten at the time, dropping just 4 points. That saw United gain 32 points, and with the a renewed belief instilled and fans in love with the style of play reminiscent of the United of old. Ole was given the job permanently in the final week of March after winning 14 in 19 games at the helm.

But ever since then, United haven’t been the same. Their run of form has been shocking to say the least, losing 4-0 on aggregate to Barcelona in the CL quarter-finals, getting demolished 4-0 at Everton after a dismal performance and most recently, a 2-0 home defeat to their noisy neighbors, City.

This poor run of form has seen them win just two games, against Watford and West Ham. The game against Watford was the last time United scored from open play, and the stats surrounding this are disappointing from a United perspective.

Drawing blanks against Barcelona, Everton and City and scoring twice from the spot against West Ham, United’s attacking resurgence when Ole took over appears to have diminished.

The excellence and swagger that they portrayed during the “honeymoon ” period under Ole has been missing over the past month. And with every game from here on crucial for securing top 4, United fans will be hoping that the team dusts itself and provide fans solace in a season of highs and lows.

Fans are singing ‘Ole’s at the wheel…’ on every match-day regardless of the result, but have the wheels fallen off for Manchester United after a rapturous start under Ole, or is this just a blip that will be laughed at come the end of the season? Should Manchester United have waited till the end of the season to announce OGS?