Michael Carrick has not been in charge at Manchester United for long, but he has already made it clear that the board has been wiped out for most of the players at the club.
After less than three days since the new interim coach replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the club’s former midfielder has a big task to rejuvenate the players after a hitherto fierce campaign, and his line-up against Villarreal on Tuesday night was a sign. that everyone gets a second chance.
Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial all got their starting shots against the LaLiga team, and although they did not all impress, they played their part in United’s 2-0 victory to secure a place in the Champions League knockouts.
Michael Carrick showed that the board is clean at Manchester United after starting Jadon Sancho (R) and other outfield stars against Villarreal on Tuesday night, including Donny van de Beek (C)
Sancho also took his chance after starting and scored in the last minute to end an improved display after a difficult season. The former Dortmund star played as if the chains had finally come off – and now the rest of the so-called ‘outcasts’ also have a chance to shine under Carrick.
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 Solskjær left.
With that in mind, we assess the Manchester United players with something to prove why things have not worked out and what they need to do to turn it around.
Donny van de Beek (bottom left), Anthony Martial (second top left) and Alex Telles (center) were all handed over by their new interim boss
Donny van de Beek
Just a third start to the season for the depressed Dutchman against Villarreal, and although he was not able to show off the best of his abilities in Spain, he will be encouraged to see the chances come his way after scoring in Solskjærs last match in United.
After 66 minutes, a mistake by the home side’s left defense allowed Bruno Fernandes to get through. He outclassed the home side’s keeper, adding another goal for the visitors.
But it will take time for van de Beek to regain his confidence after being swept aside by Solskjær. There’s definitely a talented player in there somewhere, and whether it’s Carrick or another manager taking over for the season, he needs an arm around his shoulder to lift his spirits and allow him to find his best form. .
Van de Beek struggled to impress against the LaLiga team but needs manpower
He was frozen out by Ole Gunnar Solskjær (V) and could manage with one arm around his shoulder
From the set-off since his switch to £ 40m. from Ajax, van de Beek has not had a series of matches to show his talents fully, and it was clear that Solskjær was not a fan of him. A large number of European teams chased 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 no longer keeps him out of the ranks.
Carrick, who started him, was a positive step to show he can still thrive, but he needs even more playing time and better manpower to thrive.
When the Frenchman joined United in 2015 – for a fee that could rise to £ 65m. – said the then boss Louis van Gaal that he had signed a contract with him ‘for my successor’. Jose Mourinho struggled to get the best out of him, and the man after him in Solskjær did not have much luck either.
So it falls to the fourth man in a row to try to get the forward shot again. We have seen evidence of his quality – just two seasons ago he scored 17 Premier League goals – but we have not managed to keep the consistency.
Injuries have also hampered Martial, missing half of last season with broken knee ligaments. He has only made two Premier League starts during this period, scoring once in one of those opportunities in the 1-1 draw with Everton.
Anthony Martial did not take advantage of his start against Villarreal and must make more of his opportunities under Carrick
His new boss Carrick played with Martial for three seasons and knows what he’s capable of – which is why he started him against Villarreal, but also showed him that he needs to do more when he got the chance after hooking up. him for Marcus Rashford in 66 minutes with the score still in level.
Given that regular minutes have been hard to come by for Martial, he can not afford to waste openings in the same way as Tuesday night, where he was largely ineffective and failed to offer any meaningful attacks.
There was a time when Dean Henderson was listed as a future England No. 1 after catching the eye during two successful loan spells at Sheffield United, and United chose to bring him back instead of selling him as they were looking for a strong competitor to David de Gea.
While Henderson played 26 games last season, 13 of them in the Premier League, he failed to remove De Gea as the club’s first choice and he has not had much luck this season – despite signs that the Spaniard was past his best in In recent years.
Dean Henderson has failed to rule out David de Gea at United and could look set to move in January
De Gea has not been at his best this season, but it will still take a few high-profile mistakes to get him out of the picture, showing that he still has top drawer quality after some fantastic saves against Villarreal.
As is the case for most goalkeepers – Henderson will just keep impressing in training and waiting for his opportunity if it comes. If he decides against it, there should be more than a few clubs looking for a new goalkeeper in January, including people like Newcastle.
No one can accuse the Ivorian of not trying after confronting Ole Gunnar Solskjær about why he had decided to play Harry Maguire over him during the 4-2 loss to Leicester City last month.
Maguire showed a bad showing after being rushed back from an injury, and Bailly was questioned as to why the Norwegian had continued to exile him and instead go after a player who was not in shape.
Eric Bailly is hungry to play more games this season and will be eager to put pressure on the underperforming Harry Maguire
Bailly was unhappy, the unsuitable central defense started over him in Leicester and now has a chance to play with him and possibly replace him if he impresses
Solskjær continued to maintain faith in his captain through this turbulent season, despite some sad performances from the English star, but now the pressure is on Maguire to start finding some consequence, with Bailly now having a chance to get in. from the cold.
His only Premier League start in this campaign came in the 2-0 home defeat to rivals Manchester City when he scored an own goal and was hooked at the break, which did not exactly help his case.
But with Raphael Varane still out injured, there is an opportunity for Bailly to come in and start with Maguire, though when the star Frenchman returns, it’s up to the former Villarreal man to make sure he’s on top of his games in training to make a difficult decision for Carrick.
The former Porto star was brought in to Luke Shaw after the player suffered a fracture in the 4-1 loss to Watford. The former Porto star delivered an energetic display against Villarreal, but while he was impressive going forward – he left some room and was guilty. of a few defensive errors.
Telles may find it difficult to dethrone Shaw, whose injury does not appear to be serious after being left at home as a precautionary measure, and may have to settle for starting in cup tournaments.
He has yet to start a match in any competition other than the Champions League this season, but that could all change under Carrick if he continues with his enthusiasm and work ethic at Carrington’s training ground.
Alex Telles will have a difficult time replacing Luke Shaw at left-back, but will deliver an energetic display against Villarreal
The Portuguese defender has been limited to replacement appearances during this period, having only started a handful of cup matches, and the former Porto star has been linked with a move to Roma, led by his former boss Jose Mourinho.
The Italian club appear to be keen on Dalot and their director Tiago Pinto refusing to rule out a blow in January, and United have been linked with English right-back Kieran Trippier in recent months.
Recent reports have indicated that Dalot sees his future at Old Trafford and he certainly will not get a better chance of making a fist out of it with United after four seasons of anonymity.
Diogo Dalot has not played much football this season, but is reportedly seeing his future at United