“Playing with ten men” – Mark Goldbridge fumes at Man Utd dud who made less passes than De Gea 

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On Sunday, Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United as the competition for Champions League qualification positions heated up once more.

Erik Ten Hag and his team suffered their second straight league loss at the London Stadium. Similar to the performance at the Amex Stadium last week, there wasn’t much enthusiasm, drive, or innovation.

What was said about Wout Weghorst by Mark Goldbridge?

While United as a whole were not doing well, Weghorst appeared to be confused and had no clue what he was doing. On one instance in the first half, he did play well as a team, but overall, the big Dutchman lacked flow and creativity.

During the game, Mark Goldbridge vented on Twitter, writing: “Can’t believe he’s kept Weghorst on.We have eight men playing.”

On TikTok, Goldbridge added some more spice by likening Weghorst’s position on the United side to musical chairs.

“Watching Weghorst play for Man United is like watching someone play musical chairs without the chairs being set out,” he remarked. It is not logical.

There has been a lot of work and running around, but the game is never going to progress, is it?

Even though Goldbridge may have interpreted the scenario in a humorous way, he is correct. On Sunday, the Dutchman practically gave Manchester United nothing.

When playing West Ham, how horrible was Wout Weghorst?

The problem isn’t so much with Weghorst’s performance as it is with the former Burnley player’s lack of suitability for Ten Hag’s tactical scheme.

He has primarily been used as a false nine since joining United, where he is expected to drift between the lines, link plays, and follow the ball into the box.

He had no effect on the game throughout his 57 minutes of action against West Ham. He made 28 touches, completed 21 passes with a 76% accuracy, and misplaced the ball seven times, according to Sofascore. He even made fewer touches and completed fewer passes than David De Gea, who decided the game.

The Austrian should possibly receive more playing time in the final four games from Ten Hag because Marcel Sabitzer should provide far more encouraging performances in the same role.

The pressure is on Liverpool to perform now as they are closing in on United. At the beginning of April, Jurgen Klopp’s team seemed to have little chance of making it into the top four; nevertheless, they now have a real chance to enter through the back door. It won’t take much for United to fall out of the top four from here because they have a game in hand and are on 63 points, while Liverpool are on 62 points.

Fortunately, United’s following match is against Wolves on Saturday at Old Trafford. The team can be inspired by the home crowd as the season’s finish draws near.

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