Whoscored.com has revealed United’s forward going weakness through their statistical rank in key areas of their attacking play.
When it comes to possession and passing accuracy, United rank 3rd in the Premier League, and 2nd for possession in the final third. This has been clear to see even in United’s defence where Chris Smalling has bombed forward to get an attack going or has stayed up to continue an attack. Smalling also has 87.2% pass accuracy.
However for shots per game, key passes per game and shots on target per game, Manchester United rank about mid table. Having only 1 goal to a United player’s name, it’s clear that the attack isn’t going well. Memphis Depay is always looking to score, and averages 4.7 shots per game, but still hasn’t scored.
The Red Devils boast some very technically gifted players by the likes of Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and Memphis Depay all of whom can take on almost any defender in the league but United rank 17th in the league for dribbles per game. The majority of the attack seems to be set around short passes in midfield and crosses into the box, which clearly isn’t working.
United clearly have control of the ball in attacking zones for enough of the games but just lack the finishing touch that a quality striker possesses. The pressure of not scoring will be felt by all of the United players. One can only hope that they score a couple soon, and then find their regular scoring form again.