Anthony Martial has now gone through United’s opening two games of the Premier League season without scoring.
No goals in two games is not normally reason for concern with strikers, who often go through lean spells and score in bunches.
However, Martial’s lack of goals also extends into the end of the 2019/20 season.
Martial now has only one goal for Manchester United in his last seven competitive appearances.
The late winner against LASK was his only one, having failed to net against West Ham, Leicester, Copenhagen and Sevilla at the end of last season.
Sevilla aside, Martial made key contributions in each of these matches, either providing an assist or winning a penalty.
However these have dried up, and Martial’s last three United games have failed to provide a goal or assist.
Martial needs help
Martial’s form will return, of that there is no doubt. But his shortcomings in front of goal are more pronounced when there is so much pressure on him.
At the weekend United did not have a recognised striker on the bench.
Odion Ighalo did not make the matchday 18 after an uninspired performance in midweek, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has begun to lose faith in the loanee.
United have a week left to address this in the transfer window.
However there are so many areas in the squad which need addressing before the deadline, that striker may not be a priority.
If there is no extra help forthcoming, United will need Martial to raise his game.
He will want to better his tally of 23 goals for United last season, and there will be no better time than to get back on the scoresheet next weekend against former boss Jose Mourinho.
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