The defeat to West Ham United on Sunday has placed Manchester United back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
The club has failed to make a convincing start to their Premier League campaign and their last high point came when they managed to stage a historic comeback against PSG in the Champions League last season.
A large part of their shortcomings has been attributed to a lack of creative intent and the absence of an attacking presence.
Despite the reinforcements that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured this summer, it is evident that a lot of work still needs to be done.
Speaking to MUTV after the defeat, Scott McTominay aptly states what needs to be done at the club: “We know we have to do more on and off the ball and if you’re not doing the jobs on the pitch then you need to be told and it’s as simple as that. It’s up to us now and the leaders that we’ve got in the group to bring everybody together and keep our heads.”
The midfielder, who has been amongst the few positives at the club as of recent, goes on to add what Solskjaer specifically told the squad after the loss: “It’s not the time to back down and say ‘It’s okay.’ Because it’s not okay we need to do more on and off the pitch and as a group as well. The manager has reiterated that to us and it’s all about standards of this football club and they weren’t there today.”
McTominay also stressed on the importance of taking chances when they come, an aspect at which the Red Devils have been struggling badly at.
A lot of the above is due to Marcus Rashford’s lack of a clinical presence up-front, although his groin injury during the West Ham game now poses a different set of issues altogether.