Manchester United’s future is at stake

Munich – sat criticism.

“United is a joke,” club legend Gary Neville wrote on Twitter after Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to 17th-placed Everton.

This statement was not the first of its kind from the former right-back, who played 400 competitive matches for the “Red Devils”. There has always been criticism in the past – also from other club icons such as Rio Ferdinand or Roy Keane.

Manchester United is not an international next season?

And rightly so. Because Manchester United is currently in a free fall. The team is seventh in the Premier League and is in danger of losing international positions for the first time since 2015.

Should this worst-case scenario occur, not only will next season be at stake, but also the club’s medium-term future. Because important personal details depend on participating in international business.

Cristiano Ronaldo the future is open

Above all, the star Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese may not be as consistent as he has been in the past few days, but he always shows his class and is there when United need him. However, it is doubtful whether ‘CR7’ would have stayed in Manchester if the team were not at least in fifth place at the end of the season.

The second main position, which largely depends on participation in the Champions League or European League, is the position of the coach. Ralf Rangnick is only a temporary coach and is likely to join the club’s management next season.

Stability becomes unplanned

After taking charge from ousted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the German was able to stabilize United early on. In the meantime, the results and, above all, the performance of the stellar cluster were no longer correct at all. In addition, United led by Rangnick were knocked out not only from the Champions League against Atletico Madrid, but also in February against second-tier side Middlesbrough from the FA Cup.

The fact that the end of the League Cup against West Ham was concluded early last year made it clear that the “Red Devils” could only achieve international business through the league. However, from fourth to seventh, there is a four-way battle between Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham and Man United – the weakest team with the worst starting position is United.

Did the Ten Hag deal fail because of international business?

So it is not excluded that they will not take part in the European competition – especially since United still have to play against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. If there is no increase in performance, then coach favorite Erich Ten Hag’s commitment will also be in the balance.

After all, the Dutchman has always been in the Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam in recent years. It is also questionable whether the much-needed coach will go to Manchester without being an international representative next season.

The ‘Red Devils’ background is weak

Whoever will be sitting on the bench in Manchester has work to do. Because United’s squad, peppered with but questionably big stars, has many weaknesses.

There is a lack of the defensive system. Captain and Defense Secretary Harry Maguire makes sensational mistakes and quotes slapstick almost every week. Frenchman Raphael Varane is not even close to matching his performance at Real Madrid.

No Ideas: Same old United story

In attack, the “Red Devils” often come with nothing. Despite top stars like Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and plenty of ball possession, United are always completely unimaginative for long stretches of time. After Everton’s embarrassment, Rangnick repeatedly complained about this problem: “Despite the high level of dominance, we were unable to capitalize on it.”

Paul Pogba’s future must depend heavily on the performance of the season. There is still a feeling that the Frenchman has not realized his full potential at United. Also because the eight coaches are often ‘mistreated’ when playing with six players or in the left center field as a victim of the 4-2-3-1 tactical system. It is very likely that the 29-year-old could change if United did not play in Europe.

Weeks of truth at United

Decisive weeks await the English record champions, which could determine the outcome of that trend for the coming years. The truth is: Manchester United are under pressure and still have a long program left. But the last straw for international business is the league.

So, where dreams once came true, there is now fear for places in Europe. Seven years later, won’t there be a European competition again at the Theater of Dreams next season? Old Trafford will soon be called the “theater of fears”. Because the successful sporting future of the traditional club is in jeopardy.

Max Bronze

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