Man Utd promised overhaul after 2019 mauling – yet nine starters still employed

Manchester United still employ nine of the starters that faced a 4-0 drubbing in 2019 despite promising to overhaul their squad.

United, managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the time, were totally outclassed by Everton at Goodison Park in their 2018/19 clash. Solskjaer came out after the match and said his players were not working hard enough, before claiming certain stars would not be a part of his future plans.

But fast forward to United’s 1-0 defeat at Everton on Saturday and a staggering nine players are still at the club. Six of them featured on the weekend as Ralf Rangnick suffered yet another blow to his top-four hopes.

Solskjaer had said in 2019: “You have got to ask them. I have asked them. Of course, if you want to play at this club it has to be more. I want my team to be the hardest-working team in the league.

“That is what we were under Sir Alex. Giggs, Becks, Gary Neville, Denis [Irwin]. No matter how much talent you have got, you run more than anyone.

“You can’t change your whole squad. One step at a time. I am going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that.”

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Yet Marcus Rashford, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and David De Gea all started against the Toffees, while Paul Pogba came off the bench. Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot are also still United players.

The lack of change portrays an accurate picture of the club’s chaotic transfer strategy over the past decade, which has seen United fail to win a trophy since 2017. The Red Devils splashed well over £100million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho last summer alone, but have managed to become a worse side overall.

New manager Erik ten Hag hopes to fix the situation by working alongside current interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who will take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford next season. Ten Hag is reportedly eyeing several key transfer targets which will finally bring about large-scale change, including Harry Kane, Declan Rice, Ruben Neves and Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.

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