Manchester United: Van de Beek and Martial: the outcasts seeking redemption after Solskjaer’s departure
Michael Carrick hasn’t been in charge of Manchester United for long, but he’s already made clear that the slate has been clean for most of the club’s players.
After less than three days since the new interim manager replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club’s former midfielder has a huge task on his hands to rejuvenate the players after a torrid campaign so far, and his lineup against Villarreal on Tuesday. at night it was a sign. that everyone gets a second chance.
Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial started against the LaLiga team and while they didn’t impress everyone, they played their part in United’s 2-0 win to secure a spot in Champions League knockouts. .
Michael Carrick proved the slate clean at Manchester United after starting Jadon Sancho (right) and other fringe stars against Villarreal on Tuesday night, including Donny van de Beek (C).
Sancho also took his chance after starting, scoring in the last minute to crown a better performance after a difficult season. The former Dortmund star played as if the shackles had finally come loose, and now the rest of the so-called ‘outcasts’ have a chance to shine under Carrick as well.
Sportsmail revealed this week that there are a number of players, including Eric Bailly and Dean Henderson, who have put their plans to leave the club on hold after Solskjaer left.
With that in mind, we evaluate Manchester United players with something to prove, why things haven’t worked out and what they need to do to change things.
Donny van de Beek (bottom left), Anthony Martial (second top left) and Alex Telles (middle) were incumbents of their new interim boss.
Donny van de Beek
Just a third start to the season for the disheartened Dutchman against Villarreal, and while he was unable to show the best of his ability in Spain, he will perk up as opportunities present themselves after scoring in Solskjaer’s last game at United. .
Van de Beek was replaced in the 66th minute by Bruno Fernandes, and was quite anonymous during his hour on the pitch, struggling to open Villarreal and unable to bond well with his teammates.
But van de Beek will need time to regain his confidence again after being swept away by Solskjaer. There is clearly a talented player out there somewhere, and whether Carrick or another coach takes over the season, he needs an arm around his shoulder to lift his spirits and allow him to find his best form.
Van de Beek fought to impress against the LaLiga team, but needs a man management
He was frozen by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) and could use an arm around his shoulder.
Since compensation from his £ 40 million move from Ajax, van de Beek hasn’t had a streak of games to show his talent fully, and it was clear that Solskjaer was not a fan of his. A host of European teams were chasing his signature when he burst onto the scene with Ajax in the 2018-19 season, and now he can show United why, as the Norwegian is no longer keeping him out of the lineup.
Carrick as a starter was a positive step in showing that he can still thrive, but he needs even more playing time and better player management to thrive.
When the Frenchman joined United in 2015, for a fee that could amount to £ 65 million, then-boss Louis van Gaal said he had hired him ‘for my successor’. Well, José Mourinho struggled to get the best out of him and the man who followed him in Solskjaer didn’t have much luck either.
So it’s up to the fourth man in line to try to get the striker to shoot again. We have seen evidence of his quality, just two seasons ago he scored 17 goals in the Premier League, but he has failed to maintain consistency.
Injuries have also worried Martial, who missed half of last season with a torn knee ligament. He has made just two Premier League starts this season, scoring once in one of those chances in a 1-1 draw with Everton.
Anthony Martial did not take advantage of his start against Villarreal and must take more advantage of his opportunities with Carrick
His new boss, Carrick, played alongside Martial for three seasons and knows what he’s capable of, hence why he started him against Villarreal, but also showed him that he has to do more when given the opportunity after hooking him for Marcus Rashford in 66 minutes with the score. still level.
Considering regular minutes have been hard to come by for Martial, he can’t afford to waste starts similarly to Tuesday night, when he was largely ineffective and failed to deliver any meaningful attacks.
There was a point where Dean Henderson was mentioned as a future England number one after drawing attention during two successful loan spells at Sheffield United, and United opted to bring him back rather than sell him as they were looking for a strong competitor. for David. From Gea.
While Henderson played 26 games last season, including 13 in the Premier League, he failed to beat De Gea as the club’s first choice and hasn’t had much luck this season, despite signs that the Spaniard had outgrown his best level in recent years.
Dean Henderson has failed to oust David de Gea at United and could look to move in January
De Gea hasn’t been at his best this season, but it will still take a few more high-profile mistakes to get him off the scene, and he showed that he still has the best drawer quality after some fantastic saves against Villarreal.
As is the case with most goalkeepers, Henderson will continue to impress in practice and will wait for his opportunity if it comes along. If you decide not to, there should be more than a few clubs looking for a new goalkeeper in January, including teams like Newcastle.
No one can accuse the Ivorian of not trying after facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on why he had decided to face Harry Maguire over him during the 4-2 loss to Leicester City last month.
Maguire underperformed after being rushed back from injury and Bailly was left questioning why the Norwegian had continued to exile him and instead chose a player who was not fit.
Eric Bailly is hungry to play more games this season and will be willing to put pressure on the underperforming Harry Maguire.
Bailly wasn’t happy that the unfit center-back started on him at Leicester and now has a chance to play alongside him and possibly replace him if he impresses.
Solskjaer continued to trust his captain during this turbulent season, despite some unfortunate performances from the England star, but now the pressure is on Maguire to start finding some consistency, and Bailly now has a chance to come out of the cold.
His only Premier League start this season was in a 2-0 loss at home to rivals Manchester City, as he scored an own goal and was hooked at halftime, which didn’t exactly help his cause.
But with Raphael Varane still injured, there is a chance for Bailly to come in and start alongside Maguire, although when the star Frenchman returns, it’s up to the former Villarreal player to make sure he’s on top of his game in practice to make a decision. difficult for Carrick.
Brought in by Luke Shaw after the player took a hit in the 4-1 loss to Watford, the former Porto star put on a spirited display against Villarreal, but while he was impressive up front, he left some space behind and was guilty. of some defensive errors.
Telles could have a difficult time dethroning Shaw, whose injury does not appear to be serious after staying home as a precaution, and may have to settle for cup competition starts.
He hasn’t started a game yet in any competition other than the Champions League this season, but all that could change with Carrick if he maintains his enthusiasm and work ethic at Carrington’s training ground.
Alex Telles will have a difficult task to replace Luke Shaw on the left back, but he made an energetic display against Villarreal
The Portuguese defender has been limited to playing as a substitute this season, starting just a handful of cup matches, and the former Porto star has been linked to a signing by Roma, led by his former boss José Mourinho.
The Italian club seems interested in Dalot and its manager Tiago Pinto refused to rule out a raid in January, and United have been linked to England right-back Kieran Trippier in recent months.
Recent reports have indicated that Dalot sees his future at Old Trafford and will certainly not have a better chance of achieving it with United after four seasons of anonymity.
Diogo Dalot hasn’t played much football this season, but he seems to see his future at United