Firstly this isn't an excuse thread. It's about facts and acknowledging that whilst this season is turning into a disappointment for some when it comes to playing style there are reasons behind this that I feel aren't being recognised. 1) Not having a regular back 4. Injuries have hampered us in this area and as we all know in order to have true cohesion at the back you need a regular centre half pairing at the very least. 2) Missing our best centre half. Eric Bailly has played 10 games this season. Marcos Rojo, who was exceptional last term, a similar amount. 3) Pogba being injured at key times. Despite the nonsense spouted recently he's out most creative outlet. He was hitting peak form then was hit by injury and a red card ban. Imagine City minute KDB this season. 4) Lindelof slow start. Didn't hit the ground running when we needed him to. 5) Zlatan returning and failing. No opportunity to rest Rom as planned. Knew it was a gamble but didn't work. 6) Sanchez coming in January. Notoriously difficult to come in this period. See Evra and Vidic. Expect a much smoother front set up next season. Understand fully why we got him. Opportunity arose which couldn't be refused. There are likely more but what I'm saying is things haven't been easy this term so I fully sympathise at times with the way we go about business. Yes it's not pretty but it's obvious why we are running smoothly just yet.