Three reasons why Man United won’t win the title this season

Three reasons why Manchester United won't win this season's Premier League title

Poor finishing

At the start of the summer, it looked like a new Manchester United attacking line-up was coming together nicely, one that could blitz the league. Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial looked like a lethal trio on paper, with the likes of Juan Mata and Bastian Schweinsteiger in support. It had the potential to be a defender’s nightmare. However, that has been far from true on the pitch. The United captain has received a lot of criticism, having scored only two goals and no assists in 12 appearances, despite playing in his favoured position. Martial has only scored three times in nine top-flight games and Depay has only been involved in a one full 90-minute match in the last eight league matches, with Louis van Gaal favouring Jesse Lingard. To win the league, United need to see an improvement in their finishing, otherwise they will not be bringing home the league title this season.

Van Gaal’s philosophy

The football philosophy of Louis van Gaal. Although United are second in the table and just two points behind league leaders Manchester City and Leicester City, Van Gaal’s tactics do not seem to create any real dominance in their football matches. Despite winning against Watford – only thanks to an own goal from Troy Deeney, United legend Paul Scholes voiced his concern over the lack of entertaining football that United have produced under their Dutch manager.

Record against their top-four rivals

It is too early to call what the table will look like come the end of the season. United are currently third in the league and while that may look good on paper, they are also just six points ahead of West Ham United, who sit eighth. To win the league, you have got to beat your competitors around but United have not done that so far this season. A bore draw against City is proving the difference for their noisy neighbours as they sit a point ahead of United. Before that however, Arsenal made their intentions clear with a convincing win at The Emirates and only last weekend, the Red Devils were unable to beat surprise pace-setters Leicester City. Such form against the other top four clubs won’t win United the title.

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