Let the darkness wash over you. If you are feeling pretty negative about Manchester United right now, you have arrived at the right article.
After looking positively at United’s three best players, we are now drilling down on the three biggest underperformers for the Red Devils in 2019/20.
How could we possibly narrow it down to just three?
Well we have managed, and that’s because this trio have been consistently poorer than their teammates and it hasn’t been pretty. It’s made worse because the expectation from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was so much higher.
Here is a look at the three players who need to up their games the most…
Finally Marcus Rashford has been given the responsibility he wanted, the chance to thrive as United’s main striker.
It has been a let down, he is showing he can’t be relied upon to get the goals United need. Rashford has scored only three goals, of which two were penalties. He also missed another spot kick.
The service has not been great into him at times, but Rashford looks a beaten man. Even when he did get clear cut chances against Astana, he fluffed his lines.
We all want Rashford to kick on and improve, but it is tough to claim that he has been a positive this season for United, because he just isn’t. Let’s hope he can turn it around.
Juan Mata is one of the senior players Manchester United have needed to step up. He has not been able to.
Mata looks a shadow of the player he once was and no longer seems up to the task.
United’s decision to hand him a new contract in the summer looks very questionable at this point.
His last goal for United came back in April and his last assist back in March.
Speaking of players who can barely muster a goal contribution, Jesse Lingard’s form continues to be a source of embarrassment.
United showed faith in Lingard this summer, inexplicably, by deciding not to sign an attacking midfielder.
He has not repaid this at all, still without a goal since January, and his only assist this season came in the game against Rochdale.
Lingard has lost his place in the England squad and it is becoming clearer than ever that United need to upgrade too.
Dishonourable mentions: Fred, Andreas Pereira, and United’s medical team.
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