To say Manchester United’s start to the season has been a turbulent one would be quite the understatement.
A string of bad performances coupled with a summer which failed to yield as many significant signings as manager Jose Mourinho might have liked, has blighted a campaign which already looks done with in terms of challenging for the title.
However, a good win before the international break over Newcastle United will have boosted the morale around Old Trafford somewhat, and manager Mourinho will be hoping for a good break and to see his team come back all guns blazing following their duties for their countries.
The issues at United remain at large though, and it’s imperative that some of these are sorted out before the squad returns.
With that in mind, we at the Transfer Tavern took a look at just what issues Manchester United need to address in the coming week…
The Pogba and Mourinho war
This might be an obvious place to start, but the club simply have to get to the bottom of the scenario surrounding their manager and the French midfielder, and fast.
The constant bickering and media circus around the pair is having a negative impact across the entire squad, that much is clear.
Pogba showed glimpses of his actual talent in the win over Newcastle, and it’s vital that Mourinho and United sort out the situation so that Pogba can exert this sort of influence into games going forward.
For United to be successful, they need both Mourinho and Pogba at the top of their respective games. This issue is massive for the Red Devils, and it simply has to be sorted ASAP.
Getting the best out of Alexis Sanchez
He might have got the winner last time out, but to say Sanchez has been a disappointment since moving to Old Trafford is not doing it justice.
The Chilean was superb for Arsenal, and he needs to find that form for the Red Devils if they are to see the best of him and have any sort of success.
Sanchez has been dropped at times by Mourinho this term, but like Pogba, is a talented individual. Mourinho and United need to find a fit for Sanchez and stick with him before he looks for a way out of the club without ever even achieving half of what he set out to do.