Man United made it 5 wins from the last 6 games in all competitions with an impressive display against Brighton yesterday.
Amongst the many highlights throughout the team was young Brandon Williams, who has been impressive in recent outings.
While Luke Shaw is out injured, Williams is staking his claim for the left-back spot. Making his first Premier League start following appearances largely in the cup competitions, Williams once again impressed.
Making 4 tackles, 2 interceptions and a passing accuracy of 84.9%, the 19-year-old seems to have taken it all in his stride. Alongside Williams 6.98 rated game by whoscored.com. Man Utd ran out 3-1 winners with both Rashford and Martial bagging either side of a Propper own goal.
Man United fans are a happy bunch once again, with plenty of praise for their players…
The Daily Star have reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to bring in at least two strikers in January. Man United need a boost and it looks like the next transfer window can’t come quick enough.
The form at Man United hasn’t been up to standard. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is receiving a lot of criticism at the minute.
Some think that he is the right man for the job but just needs some time. However, others think he’s had enough time and fail to understand what he’s working on behind the scenes.
Some players are also failing to impress. For example, Marcus Rashford. He is the leading man up front but could do with some help.
The next transfer window couldn’t come quick enough for Man United. Fans have been expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to spend in January. Now it looks like those expectations will become a reality.
While the team as a whole have been underperforming, it’s goals that Man United are lacking. This is why goal scorers are the priority.
33 year old Mario Mandzukic has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford recently.
He is probably the most likely player to join the Red Devils this year so far. However, the Daily Star now say he definitely won’t be the only striker to sign for Man United in the New Year.
Solskjaer admitted that his side is not complete in terms of tactics and personnel, meaning that a few signings could be made in the next two transfer windows.
Man Utd lack in both the midfield and attack, being limited in players and quality.
The main goalscorer at Old Trafford was Romelu Lukaku until his departure to Inter Milan in summer. Currently, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford lead the Reds’ attack, despite both being unproven strikers. New signing Dan James is giving the forward’s a run for their money, being joint top scorer for Man Utd with Rashford, who has scored three goals, two of which were penalties.
Is Muriqi the right signing for Man Utd?
The 6 foot 3 striker is certainly built for the demands of the Premier League. He made a name for himself last season as he scored 17 goals and got 8 assists for his former club Caykur Rizespor. Before swiftly moving to Fenerbahce for only £3.1million.
However, Man Utd desperately need a prolific striker who can reach the 20 goals per season mark on a consistent basis in the Premier League. Muriqi, on the other hand, has reached 17 goals on two occasions in Turkish football but has fallen well short in other seasons.
Man Utd’s safe bet would be to acquire the services of a proven Premier League striker. Such as Jamie Vardy or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. As opposed to adding another hit-or-miss player to the squad.
Man Utd played in the infamous Europa League on Thursday night football, with a mismatched squad of youth and fringe players. In a very dull, disappointing performance, seeing the inclusion of the young Reds was one of the few positives of the outcome.
Fans have been calling out to see the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood getting more game time, with the first-team squad not appearing to be doing much better,
However, the 1-0 win against Astana from a well taken Mason Greenwood finish was far from enough to prove that they are ready for the first team or Premier League football.
Although Man Utd controlled the game, it was not a convincing performance. Astana had two or three counter-attack opportunities that all looked like they could have been scored.
The Reds had 20 shots to Astana’s 3. Whilst some shots, particularly from Fred and Greenwood, looked absolutely stunning, there is no way Man Utd should only be winning this game by one goal.
Chong’s pace and determination were evident, but his involvement was light. Gomes drifted in and out of the game, but looked totally world-class on the ball. Greenwood got his goal, but his usual ability would have seen him score two or three.
Overall, it appears that there is a reason that the selected team against Astana are not the first team, as they looked disjointed and unimpressive.
Marcus Rashford consistent lack of impact continued in a game he should have probably missed out on. But the 200k per week Premier League star failed to make any contribution whatsoever against the team from Kazakhstan.
Though, Solskjaer said post-match that we will see this team feature a lot this season, meaning these players will get a lot of game time in Europa and the League Cup. This is excellent news for the youngsters, but will they be part of a Champions League run next season?