Many teams win the Premier League thanks to the attacking threat that they pose. Manchester United, however, are currently lacking players that can chip in with many goals this season. You can argue Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay are the three real attacking dangers in the side that will score them goals. With the Premier League season four games old, only two goals have come from outfield players. Adnan Januzaj, who has recently joined Borussia Dortmund on loan, scored against Aston Villa and Juan Mata netted against Swansea City. If Rooney can’t produce, then the team will not be close to winning the title. Manchester City have already scored 10 goals this campaign and have many players that can win them games: Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling.
With the team only conceding in one Premier League game so far, there is cause for optimism. Especially with Chris Smalling impressing and David De Gea soon to back in the team. Nevertheless, the opposition haven’t been the most superior. When they come up against the likes of City, Chelsea and Arsenal, the defence will be tested greatly. Daley Blind is the weak link in the backline and may find it difficult to contain the attacking prowess these teams contain. If the defence lose their form, there is not much quality strength in depth and they will be truly tested. There is also a lack of leadership in the backline and for title winning teams, it is hugely important players can marshal their teammates.
Gary Neville believer his former team are unable to gain a foothold in matches anymore. They struggle to kill teams off. When you look back on the Sir Alex Ferguson era, United were the most intimidating team the opposition could face. This is because they knew how to win ugly and had players who could dominate matches. Now, they have plenty of players with attacking ability but lack stars that can take complete control of a match. Opposition teams now recognise that if they go 1-0 behind, they can still get a result against Van Gaal’s team. To win the title, you firstly need to know how to grind out results and secondly, the team need to dominate matches by keeping their foot on the gas and winning emphatically.
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