Four lessons learned as Manchester United draw against Wolves
It was a game that could have easily been a mid table clash. Perhaps in the Championship, there was that little attacking quality on display.
Wolves sat back, and Manchester United did little to stretch a solid defence. What did we learn?
Martial fails again in Rashford absence
It was a game most notable for Bruno Fernandes’ debut but Martial showed something else. His first touch was poor and so was his movement. While Fernandes has been brought in to find United’s strikers as they make runs, Martial offered little.
The Frenchman had a number of excellent games when he played alongside Marcus Rashford, something that has been unfortunately rare this season.
But without being able to play off Rashford, Martial is so underwhelming. If he’s to be United’s main striker after the summer, he has to improve. And be more consistent. He did not muster a single shot at goal.
Fernandes influence will take time
It wasn’t the dream debut but Fernandes was hailed by the Old Trafford crowd. He has been signed to be a creative force in front of the midfield. And against Wolves he had some good moments.
To make Fernandes play to his best, though, United’s attack has to be better organised and better trained.
It’s a criticism often levelled at Solskjaer, and previously at Mourinho. The attack has rarely looked as if it has been trained and well instructed.
There’s no sense of organised patterns of play. Rather it’s reliant on individual quality too often. Fernandes won’t be as good as some expect until this is fixed.
United’s problems remain the same
As pundits, fans and even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have often said, United’s main issue is the inability to break down teams defending deep.
Wolves are a good team. But to pretend that they can’t be broken down is silly.
Southampton, Watford and Brighton have all scored twice against Wolves in recent months. United have to look at themselves.
Glazer protest comes to nothing
It was never going to work. The disorganisation, the selected date and the lack of leadership meant a walk out at Old Trafford had little chance of being successful. On another day, perhaps. A
s the 58th minute came round, no one walked out. That was the original minute chosen. Then the 68th minute came and went as the second selected walk out time. A few people left but nothing notable.
The anti-Glazer sentiment remains in a strong way but this protest was a failure. It’s a lesson to be learned. Next time it has to have better organisation and planning ahead of time.
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