The season began well enough for the new and improved Manchester United, but the last two rounds of matches have started to show some cracks in the the all-star squad. While a loss against Manchester City could conceivably be forgiven when considering their talent, last week’s loss to Watford came as a surprise. The Red Devils struggled to make the offence work and the defence looked noticeably weak as the Hornets put away three goals to come away with the three points.
To be fair, Watford aren’t a completely terrible side, but they’re not all that great either. This should have been an easy win for the Red Devils. For the team to walk away with not only zero points, but also to suffer such a drubbing, only adds further insult to injury.
Among the biggest problems plaguing United is finding the proper place for the club’s talismanic playmaker, Wayne Rooney. He played exceptionally poorly during the match, causing some to question his future role in Mourinho’s new-look Manchester. Throughout the match, Rooney looked completely out of sorts. He was clearly the weak link on the pitch and failed to make things happen. He managed one shot on goal in the entire game (and it was off-target), and his passing wasn’t much better.
A big part of United’s problems may be having too much of a good thing. The club spent handsomely during the transfer window and have made top talent something of a surplus at Old Trafford. Rooney is now 30 and United have filled his usual role in the midfield with a load of younger, and arguably better, players. With new blood like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and record transfer Paul Pogba, it becomes difficult to find, much less justify, a starting place for Wazza. That’s especially true if he has many more performances like this.
With the major shake-ups constantly taking place throughout the Premier League, particularly at the top of the table, it can often be difficult to stay abreast of the current situation. There are a number of online experts with loads of tips that can provide an introspective look at what’s happening in the world of football. Whether it’s determining if United are actually as good as they look or if Burnley will be able to salvage a point in their own match against Watford, you never know what’s going to happen next. Of course, that’s half the fun of watching!
United are set for what’s sure to be a tough match when they take on Leicester City and we’ve already reported that Mourinho is looking to leave Rooney out of the line-up for what is a must-win game for the club. For their part, Leicester are coming off of brilliant performances in both the Champions League and their match against Burnley, and they’ll be looking to continue their hot streak.
Despite all this, Rooney remains one of the best players in the Premier League, if not the world. One especially bad, fine, let’s call it atrocious, game shouldn’t be enough to make supporters forget just how talented of a player he still is. The real question is whether Rooney can still be successful under Mourinho’s new system. Only time will tell, but time is also one thing that isn’t on United’s, or Rooney’s, side.