Manchester United’s attack has become the source of problems this past month.
The FA Cup win over Liverpool is the one game United have scored three times. In the Premier League results have been harder to come by.
In six games United have just six goals. These have featured two goalless draws and one defeat. It’s not the form of champions.
Paul Pogba: 2
Anthony Martial: 1
Harry Maguire: 1
Bruno Fernandes: 1
Edinson Cavani: 1
There have been just two goals from strikers, and even if you add in the singular FA Cup goals from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, it doesn’t look much better.
Rashford has 15 goals in all competitions this season, and Fernandes 16. But both seem out of form.
Solskjaer’s plan so far has been to simply keep playing them. But does he continue this against Southampton in midweek?
It’s time for United to explore alternative options
Dan James, Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata have combined for zero Premier League starts across the last six games. It’s time to utilise them more.
Now it’s fair to suggest none of this trio would normally get into United’s first choice XI if there was a cup final tomorrow, but at this point, it seems like it is time to mix it up.
While Van de Beek did not have an individually standout game against Liverpool, United’s best performance this month did come while he was on the pitch. Is this a coincidence? Perhaps, but why not investigate a little more if you are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
Van de Beek has only started two league games since he joined. Its a paltry figure and it’s clear he doesn’t have the manager’s trust.
Mata is a player who did, certainly in the first part of the season when he started away at Everton in an impressive 3-1 win.
Dan James also started in United’s two biggest league wins of the season, 4-1 at Newcastle and 6-2 against Leeds.
It’s time Solskjaer leaned more on the trio of James, Mata, and Van de Beek and used them on a more consistent basis. It’s no use giving one 30 minutes or 60 minutes there and then benching them for another four games and wondering why they didn’t shine.
Rashford, Martial, Cavani, Greenwood and Fernandes have all be inconsistent lately, whether it is issues of form or fatigue, United have alternative options ready to go this week, and it is about time Solskjaer looked at using them, and not just for five minutes at the end of the game.
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