Manchester United drew 0-0 with Wolves on Saturday, in the third meeting between the two sides this season.

That means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will go into their winter break in seventh, six points off the final Champions League spot.

The Wolves stalemate opened up some questions for Solskjaer to ponder as he waits 14 days for United’s next game.

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What is wrong with Martial?

Perhaps Anthony Martial deserves some slack for carrying the burden of leading United’s attack without Marcus Rashford or an experienced alternative to deputise.


That said, Martial simply has to do more. It is far too easy for defenders to rob him of possession with his back to goal.

He doesn’t bust a gut to get into dangerous positions into the box or make runs which trouble backlines or stretch the game in behind.

Rashford relished the responsibility of leading United’s attack when he was fit, but Martial has shrunk under the pressure.

Leading the line solo seems like too much effort for him and he could scarcely complain if Idion Ighalo started United’s next match.

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How do United get the best from Fernandes?

Bruno Fernandes was deservedly man of the match on his United debut, showing energy, quality and imagination which was beyond any of his team-mates.

The Portuguese midfielder struggled for space and already had to take it upon himself to instruct his team-mates on where to run.

If there isn’t movement off Fernandes, he will struggle to replicate his Sporting form purely because opponents can crowd him out.

Solskjaer then moved him into a deeper role, where he was less effective, and the challenge for him is to ensure his team is setup to get the best out of Fernandes.

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How do United break goalless league run?

United have now failed to score in their last three Premier League matches.

The most recent two have been at home and the last time United failed to score in back-to-back home league games was in March 2014. David Moyes was sacked the month after.

Solskjaer is still yet to develop a coherent gameplan which doesn’t revolve around counter-attacking, so facing stubborn defensive units like Burnley and Wolves still poses a huge challenge.

As a former striker himself, that woeful goal record should deeply frustrate Solskjaer and he now has two weeks to formulate a plan to do something about it.

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