Alan Shearer highlights the area that Manchester United need to improve to reach top four.
Premier League legend Alan Shearer gave his honest assessment of Manchester United and the areas they need to improve. The Red Devils had a narrow 1-2 victory against Sheffield United on Saturday at Bramall Lane.
United are currently eighth in the Premier League table after two consecutive victories and five points behind the fourth place. The Red Devils have only scored 11 goals in the Premier League which is less than the goals they’ve conceded.
United signed Rasmus Hojlund from Serie A side Atalanta during the summer transfer window to bolster their attacking line. The 20-year-old has given delightful performances but he is still developing his talents and needs contributions from his teammates.
Shearer gave his assessment of the United’s attack in the Match of the Day post-match analysis (h/t Manchester Evening News). He said:
“If they want to get in and around the top four, one thing has to change and that is the forwards have to chip in more with goals. hey certainly created the chances today and they should have put the ball in the back of the net more than they did. [Marcus] Rashford, [Rasmus] Hojlund, Antony, [Alejandro] Garnacho, [Anthony] Martial, you have got to ask for more, you have got to demand more when you are getting into these positions.”
Casemiro is the unexpected leading goal scorer this season with four goals in all competitions. Scott McTominay and the new forward Hojlund are behind the 31-year-old defensive midfielder with three goals each.
The experienced forward options of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have struggled with inconsistencies in their performance. Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri have not had enough playing time to prove themselves as regular goal threats. Additionally, Antony is yet to open his account this season. The 23-year-old Brazilian has failed to live up to the expectations after signing for United before last season.
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Ten Hag’s men have struggled to find the right balance to act as a cohesive united both offensively and defensively. United conceded goals whenever they attempted to play more adventurous football and failed offensively in a cautious style of play. We don’t know if the United manager will look to add more attacking options in January. Shearer’s assessment holds a lot of weight because United need more goal-scoring threats to compete for the top four.