Manchester United may be facing a prolonged set of issues in the aftermath of their 1-1 draw to Southampton.
While the draw to Wolverhampton Wanderers did set off the warning bells and the loss to Crystal Palace plunged the morale at the club, those two fixtures had the ‘what-if’ factor of the missed penalty kicks to back them up.
However, against the Saints, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had the odds in their favor. They were up against 10-man team for the better part of the final spell and nearly every kick of the ball led to an attack that was in turn fed into the penalty box.
Despite that, the second goal couldn’t be scored and fans were left in dismay.
Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wishes to address a specific flaw in order to amend this.
The Norwegian gaffer has allegedly put the strikers up to finishing drills in training, with a focus placed on the ability to dart into the box and make the best out of a well-placed cross. Thus, Solskjaer wishes to carve a clinical edge at Old Trafford.
Of course, the inability to finish is largely a result of the fact that both forwards have been used to functioning from up-wide. The presence of a player of Daniel James’ creative talent does change things up a bit.
Further, the Mason Greenwood factor also has to be taken into consideration. The teenager has shown great promise as a true striker but has rarely been deployed there by Solskjaer.
Of course, the fact that Romelu Lukaku’s clinical presence would have been useful in this scenario can’t be ignored either.
Nevertheless, both Martial and Rashford are likely to make the best use of these training drills and bounce back, or so fans will hope.