13 similarities between struggling Manchester United and Kaizer Chiefs
Although both teams are extremely well-liked, they have both dropped from favor over the previous ten years and seem to be in danger of falling farther behind their rivals.
Nowadays, football isn't much pleasure for fans of teams like Kaizer Chiefs or Manchester United.
Last weekend's humiliating 4-0 losses by Brentford against the Red Devils and Mamelodi Sundowns against Amakhosi exposed their distinct challenges.
Under the surface, it appears that the Soweto giants and the Old Trafford club share a lot of similarities, as highlighted by GOAL.
In the past, particularly in the 1990s and 2000s for Kaizer Chiefs and the 1980s and 1990s for Manchester United, fans of these two clubs were accustomed to seeing their teams win championships year after year. Not any longer, as both teams' chances of winning trophies have drastically decreased over the past seven or eight years.
Self-destruct button, second
Last weekend, United were down 2-0 in West London after 18 minutes. In Pretoria, the Chiefs were down 2-0 after 16 minutes. All four goals were the result of terrible defensive mistakes that allowed the opponents to score. And these weren't the first times; both clubs have a history of making mistakes of this nature for a number of years.
Backpagepix 3. Problems with player recruitment
Both clubs have not been afraid to go shopping, but each time, expensive new additions have failed to live up to expectations. Many were dubious purchases to begin with. One of the main issues for both Chiefs and United is that both clubs make mistakes far too frequently.
Panic buys, backpagepix
Both teams seem to make a big deal about signing players, only to fall short of their goal and later settle for second or third choices, in some cases players past their prime. This is related to recruitment issues.
Backpage 5. Players who linger too long
Both teams have found it difficult to let go of players with lengthy contracts and large salaries who are no longer contributing to the team, which has led to bloated, expensive-to-maintain rosters.
6. Issues with defense
The various defenses have gotten worse over the previous few years, whether it be a Harry Maguire miscue or another error from someone like Siyabonga Ngezana or Erick Mathoho. Both teams have made significant investments, so it is not for lack of possibilities; rather, it appears that they have recruited the incorrect defenders.
7. Uncertain leadership
The captain of Manchester United does not deserve to start every game and does not have the respect of his teammates. Itumeleng Khune, the captain of the Chiefs, is no longer included in the matchday teams. There aren't many natural leaders on the current Chiefs team, and Keagan Dolly nearly got the armband by default because there weren't any other possibilities.
8. Weak personalities
Old Chiefs' teams and undoubtedly Sir Alex Ferguson's Man United teams were full of combat-ready, tough individuals who were always out for a fight. These days, neither squad has many great players, and both sides have a relatively vulnerable underbelly. Players like Tinashe Nengomasha are now gone.
9. After selling, short a striker
Both Erik ten Hag's club and Amakhosi appear to have been short on legitimate center forwards in the targetman mold in their efforts to remove deadwood, something both teams desperately required.
10. Lack of distinct structures
The two clubs haven't been consistent, and they've only recently made progress toward creating a hierarchy that is more obvious when it comes to key positions like Sporting and/or Technical Directors. In terms of top and boardroom management, they have lagged behind their more successful competitors.
Backpagepix 11. Coach substitution
The constant shuffle and turnover of coaches has further complicated matters and made it difficult to build any form of momentum. It will always be difficult for whoever takes over because of problems higher up the management food chain, and we've seen how formerly successful coaches like Gavin Hunt and Jose Mourinho have suffered.
The fact that Kaizer Chiefs is a family-run business has drawn criticism.
Many Red Devils fans believe the Glazer family is responsible for the team's decline.
13. Group that people despise
There may have been some hubris among Chiefs and Manchester United fans due to their long histories of success.
Rival fans have cheered on their respective struggles since they were the teams that everyone else loved to despise.
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