Alexis Sanchez looks finished… and plenty of tired legs
Gideon Brooks – Daily Express
This was as bad a display from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men as they have produced in a run of eight points from a possible 24 since that night in Paris against PSG secured him the job full-time.
Alexis Sanchez made a rare start but did nothing and looks finished as a United player after limping down the tunnel in the 53rd minute. Marcus Rashford’s troubles continued – he has just one goal in his last 10 games – and there were plenty of tired legs.
Only Juan Mata, who failed narrowly to convert United’s best move in the first half, and McTominay were up to speed.
United players are playing for the money
Neil Custis – The Sun
This was pathetic from Manchester United.
Not enough players in the ranks of this United team care enough.
That has been evident through a dreadful run in which they have won just two of their last 11 games.
Solskjaer’s job now is to ship out the rotten apples and get some players in who want to do it for the famous red shirt again, not just for the money.
The three-word chant that was the ultimate insult
James Ducker – The Telegraph
“You’re f—— s—” the Huddersfield Town supporters sang about Manchester United, which, coming from fans of a team relegated at the end of March, really was an insult.
It is unlikely there will be too many United supporters who disagree.
Is smiling really a crime?
Ian Ladyman – Daily Mail
Not much of what Solskjaer currently says or does inspires confidence. His team selections have no pattern and his pronouncements about United’s immediate and long-term future can be as confusing as his team’s football.
Here, he was caught smiling on camera in the second half. Gary Neville didn’t like it but smiling should never be a crime.
This is sport, after all. And what are the alternatives? Resignation? Indifference? Simmering fury? It is hard to carry off a suitable look when your team are playing as badly as his. And this really was very bad indeed.
Why Alexis Sanchez started against Huddersfield
John Cross – Mirror
Goalkeeper David de Gea is suffering a crisis of confidence, Paul Pogba seems to have his mind on Real Madrid, Marcus Rashford is struggling, and Phil Jones and Luke Shaw gave the kind of performances the word ‘calamitous’ was coined for.
Alexis Sanchez was given a rare start – presumably to put him in the shop window – and lived up to his billing as one of the worst signings in the club’s history.
This team needs a complete overhaul and it is beginning to look a job too big for Solskjaer.
The performance that hit new depths
Ian Whittell – The I
The heady days of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer inspiring Manchester United towards an unlikely top-four finish had long since been forgotten but, still, the manner of this disappointing draw at relegated Huddersfield managed to hit new depths.
It was not merely the fact that, yet again, so many big-name United players coasted through a performance that had the club’s unofficial “conscience” Gary Neville launching into another rant in his role as TV pundit.
Nor was it the appalling efforts of Luke Shaw and David de Gea as they failed to prevent Isaac Mbenza scoring a deserved equaliser for a Huddersfield side that belongs in the conversation for the worst team in Premier League history.
No. The most damaging aspects of this latest setback were the look, and words, of resignation from Solskjaer as he spoke of a season in the Europa League, and a loss of £35m in Champions League appearance money.