As much as Liverpool fans wished for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to stay at the wheel, Manchester United's faithful and the Glazers could only suffer so much longer.
Problems run deep within the club that has now cycled through four managers and hasn’t won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013. Of course, Solskjaer is hardly the only reason for its failures, but finding a new manager is often the easiest way to effect change in the short term.
And it’s clear for United, something needed to change.
The Reds will have the chance to show they're better than their 2021-22 campaign suggests thus far with significant tilts in both the Champions League and Premier League coming up.
Here’s everything you need to know this week:
Chelsea vs. Juventus
Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 3:00PM ET | Live stream
Result: Chelsea (-154), Draw (+280), Juventus (+450)
Goals: 2.5 — Over (-110), Under (-110)
Juventus heads to London with a chance to secure the top spot in Group H with a win, but that’s hardly a foregone conclusion against Chelsea. As the odds suggest, they could be in for a rude awakening.
The Premier League-leading Blues have: Not lost a match since September, never conceded more than one goal in a game and scored 30 goals from 15 different scorers in the EPL alone. Their last loss? At the hands of Juventus in a 1-0 Champions League Matchday 2 defeat in Turin.
Even on that occasion, Chelsea controlled play with 73 per cent possession and 16 shot attempts to Juve’s six. The Old Lady was lucky to get away with three points thanks to Federico Chiesa’s tally.
CHIESA SCORES 10 SECONDS INTO THE SECOND HALF 😱 pic.twitter.com/w5a6I4pbCB
— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) September 29, 2021
Since then, Tuchel’s men have eight wins and one draw with an aggregate score of 24-3. Utter dominance.
They’ll be without Romelu Lukaku and Matteo Kovacic, with Timo Werner’s status is still in question, but Jorginho is back which will provide a boost.
Juventus won’t be fully healthy either. They’re likely to be without Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi, Mattia De Sciglio, Aaron Ramsey and Giorgio Chiellini. They’ll hope to overcome that to remain perfect in the Champions League amid what’s been a lacklustre Serie A campaign.
Man City vs. PSG
Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 3:00PM ET | Live stream
Result: City (-143), Draw (+300), PSG (+360)
Goals: 2.5 — Over (-175), Under (+137)
Few matchups have the potential to be more star-studded than Manchester City vs. Paris Saint-Germain, but unfortunately each club will be without a couple of their brightest stars.
Neymar has recovered from a hip injury suffered playing for Brazil over the international break but World Cup-winning goaltender Gianluigi Donnarumma is likely out due to a non-COVID illness.
Meanwhile, City will be without Kevin De Bruyne after he tested positive for the coronavirus last week. In addition, Jack Grealish remains questionable for Wednesday’s clash with a knock suffered while on international duty with England.
Still, this match should be an electric affair at the Etihad.
Lionel Messi is slowly finding his way with the Parisians and finally scored his first Ligue 1 goal vs. Nantes over the weekend. He’ll hope to recreate the magic he displayed in PSG’s win over City earlier in the Champions League calendar.
MESSI SCORES HIS FIRST PSG GOAL IN STYLE 🔥
Worth. The. Wait. pic.twitter.com/VOGw7gj16w
— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) September 28, 2021
City is currently second in the Premier League and PSG is back to running away with Ligue 1 after a one-year sabbatical. But while both are committed to their domestic leagues, it’s the UCL crown that’s evaded both these modern football giants. This match could very well determine who finishes atop Group A and therefore sets themselves up with an easier knockout path towards the ultimate goal.
Man City vs. West Ham
Sunday, Nov. 28 at 9:00AM ET | Live stream
Result: City (-350), Draw (+450), West Ham (+750)
Goals: 2.5 — Over (-225), Under (+175)
Despite some recent injuries, Man City looks more than capable of handling themselves.
The squad has so much depth that it’s another player’s turn to step up when someone goes down. Bernardo Silva is suddenly “undroppable,” according to Pep Guardiola, and even Raheem Sterling, who’s been linked to Barcelona as of late, is playing well.
Over the weekend, Sterling scored in City's 3-0 win over Everton with an exquisite finish that would make club legend and former teammate Sergio Aguero proud. Reports suggest Aguero will soon announce his retirement at only 33 years old due to a heart problem.
THAT PASS from Cancelo 🤌
The finish from Sterling 💥
A beautiful goal from Man City 💙 pic.twitter.com/5DvPhpWsyd
— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) November 21, 2021
City has suffered some unfavourable results this season, including a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace in late October, but still sit second in the table. Not far behind is West Ham.
The Hammers are in fourth place, having just moved down from third after their four-game EPL win streak ended in a 1-0 loss vs. Wolves on the weekend. The club also lost centre back Angelo Ogbonna to a season-ending knee injury recently, but they haven’t lost twice in a row so far this season. Oddsmakers are pretty confident that won't continue, though.
Chelsea vs. Man United
Sunday, Nov. 28 at 11:30AM ET | Live stream
Result: Chelsea (-167), Draw (+280), United (+450)
Goals: 2.5 — Over (-110), Under (-110)
Another one bites the dust. David Moyes couldn’t do it, neither could Louis Van Gaal or Jose Mourinho, and not even club hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made to last as Manchester United’s bench boss.
The Glazers begin their search for a fifth manager since Alex Ferguson left, hoping to find someone who can bring the club back to prestige. Zinedine Zidane is at the top of their list.
For now, it’s another former player, Michael Carrick, taking over, and the task ahead of him is daunting. The Red Devils play Villareal in the Champions League on Tuesday and Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday. Yikes.
Adding insult to injury, they’ll be without captain and central defender Harry Maguire vs. the Blues after he was sent off for this shocking play in United’s embarrassing 4-1 loss vs. Watford. All but signifying the end for Ole.
WHAT IS HARRY MAGUIRE DOING?
The Man United captain is sent off 😬 pic.twitter.com/GI8nLbdEhq
— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) November 20, 2021
Is the managerial change enough to galvanize the troubled squad for a miracle? Because they’ll need one to beat Chelsea right now. Or is the 5-2-5 EPL record indicative of problems running much deeper? Tune in for a first glimpse as United enters a new era on Sunday.
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