There's no doubt that in the months that has gone by Manchester United has looked like a team back to their very best but after the humiliating defeat in the hands of Liverpool at Anfield, there has definitely been a reality check for both players and manager.
Certain players in the squad need to put in more efforts to enable the club to return to being title contenders as the result against Liverpool has put in every reason why it should they need to do so. Many could say fatigue played it's role on the lads but with the quality they possess, the scoreline should have been respectable.
These players are:
The Portuguese looked out of sorts as he found it difficult to cope with the technical brilliance of Darwin Nunez down on the right side of the pitch. Struggled to get forward as he was wary of the threat Nunez posed with his pace. Wan Bissaka would have done better
The Brazilian was literally walking on the pitch and didn't pose any goal threat as he was continuously stopped in his tracks by Andy Robertson. He needs to put in business in his game play as there is no definite progress in his style of play. He is now in the Premier League and not the Dutch League
* WOUT WEGHORST
Hasn't brought in the goals in his style of play. Has been good off the ball since his arrival in January but his major job as a striker is to ship in the goals. Playing him in the number 10 role against fast and versatile Liverpool midfielders was a total error. Not seeing his contract made permanent by United at the end of the loan duration.
The Brazilian midfielder was another player who looked clumsy on and off the ball. Going forward, what he doesn't have in terms of height, he should make up with in game reading, ground tackles and creativity. All these needs to be improved in his style of play. Also an upgrade is needed for his replacement. Marcel Sabitzer fits in as a good partner in midfield with Casemiro
* BRUNO FERNANDEZ
Truly he has been sensational for Man United this season as he has put in glorious shifts for the team in various matches but the game at Anfield brought out a different player who seemed lost. The question about his performances against the fellow big boys in England pops up again. Where is Bruno when he is needed? There is still room for more development.
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