18/11/2021; 3:30 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Manchester United have fallen from grace to grass and from grass to manure. Eight years after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club can only boast of three trophies - if you discount the community shield. The Old Trafford giants have looked a shadow of their former selves and, rather than face the real issues, have buried their heads in the sands.
The atmosphere around the club is that of an ambition-less mid-table club. There is discontent within the ranks, a lack of leadership, noction, and a severe lack of ambition. The arrows point two ways - one at the club hierarchy, who lack a vision of properly piloting the club and the other points at the Norwegian gaffer, who has proven to be United’s worst mistake. Regardless, the club continues to back the manager in his role.
It was only a matter of time before the caricature that the club has become caught up with the team, and the discontent it has created has led to some players wanting out. The latest name to join the list is goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Blaming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the woes of the club seems to be the fashionable thing these days. He rightly has to carry the can for the team’s woes, as he turned himself into the buffer for the Glazers.
Under Ole, there has been an investment of over four hundred million pounds into the team, yet there is no discernable pattern to the side. Almost every team that comes to Old Trafford believes they can go home with at least a point. United sit 6th on the Premier League table, with their main rivals for the title galloping away and leaving the Red Devils in the dust.
David De Gea and perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players within the squad that seem to be earning their pay. De Gea has put up some heroic displays that have kept United in the frame for an undeserved top-four position. The performance of the Spaniard means that Dean Henderson has not had a look in as Ole looks to save his job.
It is a situation that the Englishman finds untenable and is seriously considering his future at the club. The 24-year-old Henderson has lost his place in the Three Lions. He has played once for United this season - in a Carabao Cup tie. Henderson is interested in leaving the club, and Newcastle may be his landing spot.
Earlier this week, it was reported that eight players felt betrayed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Henderson is one of the players feeling betrayed.
According to 90min, Henderson wants to leave Old Trafford permanently, but the Red Devils want a lengthy loan.
Other players who feel betrayed by Solskjaer include Jesse Lingard, Donny Van de Beek, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Diogo Dalot, Alex Telles and Eric Bailly. Dutchman Van de Beek might even be on his way out of the club in January.
It is ironic given how much Ole is praised for his man-management skills.