The Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United coach, is looking for a break from the jinx of his team at home since the beginning of the current season, when he hosts the German Leipzig in a difficult test tomorrow, at Old Trafford in Manchester in the second round of the group stage of the Champions League competition in a ball The foot. Manchester United suffered two humiliating losses at home this season and they were in the domestic league, the first against Crystal Palace 1-3 on September 19, and the second against Tottenham 1-6 early this month, which plunged the club into a major crisis that prompted its coach to speed up fixing his shaky defense line. .
Solskjaer managed to reassure the club’s supporters with two precious away wins over Newcastle 4-1 and Paris Saint-Germain, the French runners-up to the Champions League 2-1 in the first round of the group stage of the current edition. But the Red Devils returned to set back again with a goalless draw against Chelsea behind the closed doors of Old Trafford on Saturday, and they failed to achieve their first victory in the league at home this season.
It was the first time since the 1972-1973 season that Manchester United failed to win any of their first three league matches at home, which made them drop to fifteenth place with seven points from five games. Despite the disappointing result, the coach was optimistic after the draw at home on Saturday, and said, “We kept a clean sheet and came under some pressure and stopped the series of defeats at home.”
“We wanted to win, of course you want to win on the ground, but I think we gave a strong performance when you think about the week we went through. We had a very good week with two wins and a draw.” In sharp contrast to his poor form at home, United were truly impressive outside the rules. Their dramatic victory in Paris was the tenth in a row away from home, with the exception of matches played on neutral stadiums in the FA Cup and European League “Europa League” competitions last season, a new record for the club.
Solskjaer attributed one of the reasons for the decline in results at Old Trafford to changing the routine during the isolation period and the absence of the masses and their celebrations and encouragements. Before facing Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League, the coach changed the routine that the team used to follow before their home matches in an attempt to change the results of his team at home, as he gathered the players in a hotel the night before hosting the London club. Despite Manchester United’s volatile results, defender Luke Shaw believes they are heading in the right direction.
Solskjaer has to beware of the German team that created a surprise last season by reaching the semi-finals for the first time in its history, before being eliminated by runner-up Paris Saint-Germain. Solskjaer relied on three players at the center of defense during the victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the first round, with the participation of Axel Tuanzebi, Luke Shaw and Swedish Victor Victor Lindelof, with Aaron Wan Bissaka and Brazilian newcomer Alex Tillis in the center back.
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