Most Manchester United fans will be thoroughly disappointed after their side’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.
A game that ought to have brought them some respite from their existing woes culminated with much being left in doubt, the future of Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho being the biggest questions raised.
Besides, Mourinho seemed doomed from the start itself, as he experimented with Martial and Lukaku up front and three men at the back, with Scott McTominay filling in an absurd role and Alexis Sanchez being absent from the attacking trident.
Despite all this, United’s sole goal had to come through a brilliant effort from substitute Marcus Rashford, and that proved to be too little too late, as the first-half lead built up by Lindelof’s own goal and Anderson’s early strike was improved upon by Arnautovic’s winner minutes later.
This Manchester United attack has now come under heavy fire from a familiar voice. Paul Scholes, speaking to BT Sport, had this to say: “If Man United had West Ham’s front three today it could’ve been a different story.”
Looking at how the Hammers functioned at their home, there is little to argue with the legendary midfielder.
He further added: “The lack of movement from Lukaku and Martial. We know Martial’s got ability – and we know Rashford’s got ability – but they’re not showing it anywhere near enough.”
Mourinho will also share Scholes’ views, and will be thoroughly disappointed with his side. The hope for a firm attack with a clinical presence that his entire style is built upon is slowly collapsing.
Having substituted Paul Pogba with 20 minutes to go and goals badly being needed have also raised questions about Mourinho’s intent.
The warning bells are out there – this is United’s joint-worst start to a Premier League campaign, and no one needs reminding what happened the last time around.