In the third round of the Premier League 2020/21, Man United and Chelsea both escaped thanks to goals scored in compensatory minutes.
The third round of the Premier League 2020/21 had dramatic matches on the first day of the match, with the focus on the two big guys Man United and Chelsea. These two matches, although they have different scores, but share the same scenario.
That was the last-minute goal. However, despite the same scenario, the two teams showed clearly different signs.
Man United have always been lucky?
The match against Brighton will go into the history of the VAR when the referee blows to the end of the match, but still changes his decision to refer to the VAR and give Man United the chance to have 3 points. Under the rules of FIFA, referee Chris Kavanagh did not make a mistake.
Accuracy is more important for granted in this industrial football age. A goal is not small at all if it is the decisive factor at the end of the season, especially the ranking of the European Cup. Losing a goal, sometimes dragging the club away tens of millions of pounds the following season. Therefore, the correctness is to re-establish the “market fairness” for football investors.
However, the accuracy of the above law is wrong with football rules for hundreds of years. For more than a century, audiences have been accustomed to the fact that when the whistle ends a match, that means closing the script, not editing, not changing. However, it is clear that referee Kavanagh broke that rule. Basically, the “time limit” story in FIFA’s law on VAR is still lax and ambiguous.
Certainly, there will have to be more detailed adjustments so that this “no time limit” will be shortened within the date of the match or how many hours after the whistle ends the match. In general, teams can completely complain about the results from the 2018 World Cup,
However, that is the story of FIFA. What is more interesting is the story of Man United. In their resurrection scenario against Brighton, what signs are they leaving?
First, still have to mention the defense. The defense line of Man United was broken, there was no good communication between the four defenders, it had no connection with the midfield. However, the most to blame person in the defense must be Maguire with inherent weaknesses: slow, clumsy maneuvering, weak hand-to-hand disputes and inaccurate passing.
The modern center-back is defined differently than it was 20 years ago. Defensive qualities are taken for granted, and a center-back with only good defensive qualities is enough to be considered fairly average. The midfielder’s requirement now must also be the ability to pass the ball at all distances. And Maguire, before Brighton, did not have good passes for Man United to organize the game right from the home (build from back).
Second, midfield continues to be a disaster. Paul Pogba played soulless, unworthy of being one of Man United’s most expensive midfielders.
In defensive support, the midfield was poor, in the organization of the midfield was also ungainly when it did not fulfill the task of rotating and coordinating the ball. Fred did not go into the field much better. And in the match Bruno Fernandes was not in his best form, Man United became completely useless.
Solskjaer’s problem is also a backup factor to change tactics when it is difficult. The fact that he put Van de Beek and Bailly in place of Martial and Greenwood to turn to play 3-4-2-1 was almost ineffective. Although United eventually won the match, the pressure they put on their opponents after the substitution was not at all obvious. To be blunt, they win by luck, something they’ve been “assigned” to for so long.
Luck does not stay forever. If at Man United there are no positive changes in every person, from head coach to player, their future will be full of risks and uncertainties. This is a really worrying sign and if the progress of their season continues like this, it will not be far from “counting the number of games remaining” for Solskjaer.