Manchester United’s toothless performances, which have become a habit this season, made a return in their 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
The hosts were allowed to play the ball around under no pressure whatsoever on the edge of United’s box before Adam Smith crossed to Joshua King.
The Norwegian somehow had the time to chest the ball down flick the ball over Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s head and smash the ball past David de Gea on the stroke of half-time.
That was the only real moment of quality in the match as United’s creativity and quality problems reared their ugly head once again.
Here are three players that produced an abject performance.
Lindelöf’s performances have been worrying this season and once Axel Tuanzebe gets himself back fit, there is no reason to suggest otherwise why the academy graduate cannot dislodge the Swede.
The partnership between Maguire and Lindelöf has shown promise, but that has mainly been due to the commanding and consistent performances the worlds most expensive defender has produced.
The problem for Lindelöf is his greatest quality is his distribution, but as a centre back his ability to read and clear danger is something that might be starting to alarm Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former Benfica man may go and play four great games or have 80 minutes dominating the opposition strikers, the concern is he has an error in him and they are often big mistakes or the loss of a crucial aerial duel, which lead to goals.
We are Manchester United, should Ashley Young a natural winger at the age of 34 still be the club’s Premier League left-back? Not if we want to be challenging for trophies.
Young has been able to make the transition from winger to full-back similar to Antonio Valencia, but he simply doesn’t offer anything in an attacking or defending capacity.
With Brandon Williams patiently waiting for his Premier League breakthrough surely the time for Young to leave the club will be at the end of the season.
United’s captain is often the one culpable for taking too many touches on the ball and opposition defences know that his first thought is to cut inside and cross a ball into a young forward line lacking aerial threat.
The Brazilian is industrious, he works hard, hassles and hustles, but can he be the man to conjure up clear cut chances for United’s attacking trio.
Against Bournemouth there were moments where Pereira collected the ball under pressure and escaped the clutches off Billing and Lerma giving United a four v four opportunity.
However, on too many occasions the final ball was either under/over hit or the academy star chose the wrong option.
With United not creating a wealth of options, we need to be clinical when we get in those positions.
He was also wasteful when presented with chances in the opening 20 minutes, missing one cross entirely and blazing one effort over the bar.
Pereira’s recent performances have warranted further opportunities to excel in the position, but if he continues to produce the sloppy displays he had against Bournemouth, calls for Angel Gomes to be given a chance will be voiced.
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