Manchester United have gone three games without scoring a goal, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants them to get back on track. Despite the need for reform, an entirely new spark is being overlooked.
Amad Diallo was an unused replacement against Crystal Palace, a game in which the troublesome Ivorian was desperately needed.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News about the players already on the pitch, United manager Jose Mourinho defended his lack of late substitutions.
“Of course, we had Shola (Shoretire) or Amad,” the Norwegian said, “but which of those five will you take off?”
Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes were tired, Marcus Rashford was disappointing, and second-half subs Scott McTominay and Dan James were the five in doubt.
Solskjaer is the one for the job at United. Since his arrival, he has changed them. Despite this, he lacks the courage to make significant improvements.
Sir Alex Ferguson will bring on players like Federico Macheda or a young Cristiano Ronaldo when he needed a goal. He took chances, and those chances often paid off.
Diallo is excited for the opportunity. Despite this, he sat uninterested as United struggled to score against Palace and Chelsea.
When he did make an appearance, it was in a Europa League tie that was over in the first 90 minutes.Some might argue that this is sound management. The best managers, on the other hand, are not afraid to take chances when necessary.
This is a gamble worth taking
Marcus Rashford would not have had such an impact if Louis van Gaal had not shown confidence in the youth when more seasoned options were unavailable due to injuries.
United is sliding this time due to bad form. Not all, but most of the forwards charged with knocking down defenses.
Rashford failed to impress last time out, although Anthony Martial has pretended to deceive this season.
Donny van de Beek’s injury has come at the worst possible moment for Fernandes, who is approaching burnout.
Diallo should take the initiative at this stage. The 18-year-old was signed for a fee that could climb to £37.2 million (BBC).
He had a chance to make a difference in United’s recent 0-0 draw, but he failed to do so.