The problem they have is that confidence has eroded so much since 2013, that every bad result and performance will cause the kind of hysterical backlash that was hailed last Saturday. It’s a dangerous place, especially 18 months after the start of a manager’s reign.
I agree that Sancho would make United stronger this season, but against Palace it was defensive vulnerability that was the main concern. The structure of the side was as poor as the individual performances.
I wouldn’t make any confident predictions about United’s prospects this season on a one-game basis.
I’ve always made the observation that the situation is never as bad as it looks at United – there could be many reasons for a lackluster display on the first day of the season.
Spending well obviously helps a lot, but that alone will not allow the club to get back to where it expects.
If the past seven years haven’t shown those with the club in their hearts that bowing to outside pressure hasn’t worked, they will continue to be trapped in the same unsatisfying loop of overpaying pennies. -performance.