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EPL: Manchester United may enter relegation zone as matchday 5th begins

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to turn around Manchester United’s fortunes at Newcastle after their 6-1 humbling by Tottenham.

AFP Sport looks at some of the main talking points ahead of the action.

Man Utd must stop rot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described his side’s 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham as the “worst day” in his career as a Manchester United player or manager.

United are just three points above the relegation zone after shipping 11 goals in their three matches so far and their confidence looks to be in tatters.

The question until recently was who would partner Harry Maguire at the back but the world’s most expensive defender is himself enduring a horror season on and off the pitch.

The central defender’s latest low point was his red card during England’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday.

 

Left-back Luke Shaw, whose place is under threat from the arrival of Alex Telles, urged United to tighten up.

“We need to be clinical and, especially at the back, we need to be more solid,” Shaw said. “Not just as a backline but throughout the whole team, a bit more defensively solid and a bit more compact.”

Spurs’ feelgood factorJose Mourinho’s Tottenham started the season with a disappointing Premier League defeat against Everton but they are unbeaten since then despite a hectic schedule leading up to the international break.

Their seismic victory at Old Trafford brought an end to a sequence of eight matches in 22 days as Spurs reached the League Cup quarter-finals and qualified for the Europa League group stage.

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