Manchester United had five corners against Liverpool, yet there was never any belief that we could score from any of them.
There is a lack of aerial prowess in this United side and in a season where we needed Harry Maguire to lead the way, the new captain is still looking for his first Red Devils goal.
This would have been the perfect moment, a thumping header at Anfield days after he was handed the armband on a permanent basis. He never got close.
With United’s sub-standard set piece deliveries, Maguire’s lack of impact should be expected. It’s a shame though.
It isn’t Maguire’s job to score goals, but it would be nice if he did. He has shown previously what he is capable of.
He scored at Anfield for Leicester last season, one of three goals he scored in 2018/19. Maguire had two the season before that, and even managed four assists.
At World Cup 2018 he even got on the scoresheet, netting a thumping header in the quarter-final for England against Sweden.
So why isn’t it happening for Maguire in front of goal?
It’s a combination of factors. Maguire has been unlucky, but he’s also failed to capitalise on the chances he has had.
A glaring miss against Newcastle earlier in the season was one he was guilty of, and in the defeat to West Ham.
Maguire’s aerial prowess is not in question. He is winning 4.6 duels per game compared to3.8 at Leicester last season.
But directing headers away from the box and heading towards a goal are very different actions.
The biggest problem for Maguire is a lack of help. United’s set piece deliveries are poor.
Victor Lindelöf isn’t exactly shining either in this department. He has one goal this season.
Signing a player with the dead ball ability of Bruno Fernandes would be a big help for Maguire.
It’s probably only a matter of time before £80 million man Maguire gets on the scoresheet, and when one goes in, another will follow.
But if he is going to be United’s modern day Steve Bruce, he needs to make sure he is contributing at both ends of the pitch.
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