MANCHESTER UNITED fans have had to witness the team struggle for an excruciating period of time and rivals Arsenal can claim responsibility for setting it in motion.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a rapid start to life at Old Trafford, winning ten of his first 12 Premier League games along with success in the Champions League and FA Cup.
That was until March 10.
A 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, instigated by goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, began a run very few would have imagined at the time.
Including that afternoon, United have played 16 times and won on just three occasions.
Four draws, including against Huddersfield and Southampton, have sucked the momentum out of the Red Devils with a whopping nine defeats suffered across all competitions.
Barcelona sent Solskjaer packing in Europe and Wolves beat his side in both cup and league, where a 4-0 loss to Everton acted as a typical disappointment in the post-Fergie nightmare.
The run is of stark contrast to United’s previous trip to Emirates Stadium in January, when a rampant counter-attacking performance earned a 3-1 win in the FA Cup fourth round.
A wide array of issues still plague the team as they sit eighth in the 2019/20 Prem table.
In this 16-game stint alone, they have failed to score on six occasions with only six different players getting on the scoresheet – Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Dan James, Juan Mata and Scott McTominay.
But it isn’t only the attack that is to blame with United surrendering points from winning positions an incredible five times.
With his side on a terrible patch of form more recently, winning one of their last nine league outings, Solskjaer will need a big improvement when Leicester come to Manchester on Saturday.
Still, United have one thing over Arsenal as fans are all too quick to point out – they ended the Gunners’ record unbeaten run at 49 games.
Even if it was 15 years ago…