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Wolverhampton returned to a losing streak with a 2-1 win over hosts Chelsea at the end of the eighteenth round of the English Premier League, which will resume on Tuesday with a one-day rest.

Gabonis Mario Lemina scored for Wolverhampton in the 51st minute and Irish substitute Matt Doherty added a second in the third minute of stoppage time. Time.

Chelsea lost; The side, who suffered their eighth defeat of the season, beat Sheffield United 2-0 in the closing stages to record their second straight win in the league and third in as many competitions after beating Newcastle in the League Cup semi-finals. 4-2 on penalties after they drew 1-1 in regular time.

Wolverhampton returned to winning ways with a 3-0 loss to West Ham and rose to eleventh place with 22 points, equal with tenth-placed Chelsea, the latter 18 points behind Arsenal, leaders on 40 points.

Chelsea squandered several chances in the first half, opting to shoot instead of Raheem Sterling, Senegal's Nicolas Jackson or Cole Palmer, who cut through Brazil's Joao Gomez in the 33rd minute and penetrated the area. , so Portugal goalkeeper Jose Sa rushes out to his goal and blocks the ball with his left foot.

Wolverhampton responded through their South Korean player Hwang Hee San, but his shot went over the crossbar in the 44th minute. Wolverhampton opened the second half with Brazilian Gomez's shot that hit the arm of Frenchman Leslie Ugochukwu inside the area and was confirmed not to have been counted by the video assistant referee (VAR) before he opened the scoring following a corner kick. Spaniard Pablo Sarabia followed with a header to the right of Serbian goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic.

Argentina coach Mauricio Pochettino made two changes to revitalize his side, removing Okochukwu and Albanian Armando Broja and bringing on former compatriot Christopher Ngungu and Ukrainian Mykhailo Matric in the 59th minute, and he won his race. He threatened his hosts' goal twice in the 63rd and 65th minutes respectively, with Portuguese Dotti Gomes starting from a through ball to Nkunku and Sterling pouncing on veteran defender Greg Dawson's close-range shot before it went into the net. at.

Den Haag looked tired and lacked the tricks to save United's collapse (dpa) Cut out

Wolverhampton succeeded in doubling the score when substitute Doherty, who capitalized on a collision with fellow French substitute Benoit Badiachel, fired his right-footed shot to the goalkeeper's left in the third minute of stoppage time, before Chelsea reduced the score three minutes later with an unmarked Nkunku headed cross from Sterling. This is Wolverhampton's seventh consecutive league unbeaten run at home (4 wins vs 3 draws).

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For this, Luke Shaw called; The Manchester United defender has asked his team-mates to reexamine themselves to identify the roots of their misery in scoring and squandering easy chances after Saturday's 0-2 defeat to West Ham during his time as Dutch coach. Erik ten Haag appears to have run out of steam and lost the ability to turn around his team's woeful situation.

Manchester dominated the game against West Ham but failed to score and eventually lost thanks to goals from Jordan Bowen and Mohamed Quds.

Manchester haven't scored any goals in their last 4 matches and Shaw believes the crisis in the final touch could be down to a drop in confidence, but at the same time he stressed the need to stay positive to turn things around. , saying: “We may not produce enough, and when… we will do this, we cannot decide. “I think it's because of the lack of confidence at the moment. Sometimes in football it's normal, it happens.”

He added: “But we have to be positive.” We've got another big game against Aston Villa so we can't feel sorry for ourselves, we've got to pull ourselves together and get going again. It's a home game and we can't keep dropping points. We have to win the matches,” he said.

He continued: “This is Manchester United; One of the biggest clubs in the world, what we are doing now, and the results are not good enough, we know that. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and listen to ourselves and really go from there…”

He concluded: “It's not enough. We have to win games, that's all. We keep losing games, losing points and it's very difficult for us.

The defeat against West Ham was United's 13th defeat in all competitions this season, the team's worst start since the 1930s. United have failed to score in 4 consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time, dropping them to eighth place, 8 points behind the top four. In the 1992–1993 season, the team scored just 18 goals in the league in the same number of matches, and only bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United scored fewer goals. In 18 league games, United have not scored in seven.

Before we reach the mid-season mark, it seems we've already reached the point where we're comparing Erik ten Hoag with other historic Manchester United managers. Finer details no longer matter; Where did French center back Raphael Varane disappear to in the autumn? What really bothers Portugal captain Bruno Fernandes? How is it that Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana's main strengths are keeping the ball well with his feet and making brilliant long passes to his teammates up front, while not being able to create attacks from the back? Does anyone still remember Jadon Sancho? The current Manchester United manager has become another chapter in the club's post-Sir Alex Ferguson decline.

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Den Haag is the 25th manager in Manchester United's history and almost certain to be the 22nd manager to fail to win the league! Or Sir Jim Radcliffe's takeover of a 25 per cent stake in the club could make a significant difference and Ten Hock join the list of managers who have led the club to the league title, which includes Ernest Mangnall, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt. Bisby, but that seems unlikely.

Manchester United is the English club that has won the most league titles, but its history is full of long periods of frustration and failure. 41 years passed (31 seasons due to suspension of sporting activities as a result of World Wars I and II) between the club's last league title under Manganal and Bisbee's first, and 26 years elapsed between Bisbee's last league title and Ferguson's first. The club is currently enjoying its third longest spell away from winning the league title. This spell, which began last title under Ferguson, is set to last 11 years in the summer, and is likely to last longer than that. The financial aspect of modern football inevitably helps us stay in the top half of the league table.

Manchester United has become a giant, raging and frustrated mythical monster that can only be tamed by a few superheroes whose size, inflated by history, makes it impossible to contain or manage.

Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League group stage last week, but what's truly devastating is not defeat compared to the past. 24 years ago, Manchester United's 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final set the stage for the biggest result in the competition's history! But the tenacity and determination seem to have disappeared from the English club. In the current Champions League season, Manchester United have not returned to the competition in the way we have seen in the past, but it has seen ridiculous declines, complete chaos and great weakness.

Last season, Ten Hock appeared to be the manager Manchester United were looking for, with his insightful vision and genuine desire to rebuild the squad, but the club seem to have exhausted each new technical director and each new director. The player identified it!

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Last season, Den Haag earned huge praise for showing realism, abandoning his preferred method of applying heavy and persistent pressure on the opposition and relying on a goalkeeper capable of playing with his feet and creating attacks from the back. Instead he plays to the skills and abilities of the players he already has. The Dutch coach made bold decisions and got rid of Cristiano Ronaldo and goalkeeper David De Gea, and convinced the club to spend big to sign Brazilian winger Anthony, Danish striker Rasmus Hoyland and Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana. But 18 months after taking over, there is still no clear understanding of the way he wants to play, and there is a sense that the team is lacking progress.

Den Haag still relies heavily on Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay, whom the club tried to sell in last summer's transfer window. Despite all the technical managers trying, French striker Anthony Martial is still in the squad. First Jose Mourinho, get rid of him! Veteran defender Jonny Evans returns to action as a reminder of the team's former greatness. But this is the current form of Manchester United: weaknesses, gaps, cracks and players who are signed and then dumped without studying! Now, rebuilding the team seems like an impossible task that even Hercules can do!

Den Haag, who won the Premier League manager's award last month, seems like a “wrong joke”. The award was mainly due to Manchester United's easy schedule of fixtures during that period, a beautiful goal scored by young Argentine Alejandro Garnacho, and Everton's failure to capitalize on the easy opportunities that came their way. The home ground was enough to win instead of losing. Three!

The strange thing is that the club signs very good players to long contracts to maintain their market value, and reluctance and lack of clear vision have become two of the club's distinguishing features. But while everyone waits to see what Radcliffe's arrival will mean, it takes a devastating defeat for Ten Hock to be overthrown. Manchester United are arguably the only club in the world to continue the “death spiral”, so to speak, which might give Ten Hoag some hope!

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