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Title: Manchester United’s Slow Start in the Premier League: A Deep Dive into the Root Causes

The 2023-24 Premier League season has not begun on a positive note for Manchester United. With three defeats in their opening five league games, the team finds itself in unfamiliar territory. In this blog article, we will analyze United’s slow start to the season, compare it to previous years, and examine the factors that could be contributing to their ongoing issues.

A Disappointing Record
Manchester United’s recent 3-1 loss to Brighton marked the first time in the Premier League era that they have suffered three defeats in their opening five league games. Their current league position of 13th is a far cry from the heights they aspire to. The team has collected just six points from fixtures against Wolves, Tottenham, Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, and Brighton. They currently trail behind Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, and local rivals Manchester City.

Comparisons to Previous Seasons
Last season, Manchester United also had a slow start, losing two of their first five games. However, this year, they went one worse and suffered three defeats. It is noteworthy that all three losses have come with a two-goal margin. Additionally, their away form against “Big Six” rivals and Newcastle has been abysmal, with no wins, two draws, and six losses under manager Erik ten Hag.

Goalscoring Woes
Manchester United’s lack of goals is a cause for concern. They have netted only six times in their opening five games, with half of those goals coming in the high-scoring match against Nottingham Forest. Their main goal scorers, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, have struggled to find the back of the net, each contributing only one goal so far. The absence of Jadon Sancho, Antony, and Amad Diallo due to disciplinary issues and injuries has further hampered their attacking depth.

The Role of New Signings
Manchester United’s summer signings, Rasmus Hojlund and Mason Mount, are expected to offer solutions to the team’s goal-scoring woes. Hojlund, although young, brings promising goal-scoring ability, while Mount adds creativity and versatility to the squad. However, Ten Hag must find ways to integrate them effectively into the team to maximize their impact.

Defensive Struggles
In addition to their offensive deficiencies, Manchester United has conceded 10 goals in their first five games, making it their second-highest total after five games. Injuries to key defensive players like Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have forced the manager to rely on makeshift options. The absence of first-choice center-back Raphael Varane has also been a blow to the team’s defensive stability.

Manchester United’s slow start to the Premier League season can be attributed to a combination of factors. Lack of attacking depth, injuries to key players, and defensive vulnerabilities have all contributed to their disappointing results. However, with upcoming fixtures against Crystal Palace and Brentford, the team has an opportunity to bounce back and regain momentum. As the season progresses, it will be crucial for Ten Hag to address these root causes and find effective solutions to steer Manchester United back on track.


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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