Once capable of striking fear into the hearts of defenders, Manchester United’s recent goalscoring plight is a far cry from that glorious past. While the 6-0 thumping of Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup is likely to lead any numerical averaging of their successful shots askew, the rest of their statistics paint a horrific picture.
In fact, a particular comparison is quite bleak given that United were actually linked with the player involved.
Erling Braut Haaland has now netted more goals since joining Borussia Dortmund than Manchester United have in the Premier League for the whole of 2020.
Haaland has been an unstoppable goalscoring machine since joining the Bundesliga giants, marking a memorable debut with his hattrick against Augsburg and a brace each against Koln and Union Berlin.
In contrast, United’s League tally for the new decade only had the 4-0 goal-fest against Norwich City to boast of, following which the Red Devils have failed to find a goal in the three games since.
What makes this particularly irksome for fans of the club is that for much of the winter window Haaland was touted to switch to Old Trafford. Prior to the Bruno Fernandes saga taking over the news, it seemed likely that the youngster would be reunited with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, it is understood that a failure to comply with Haaland’s demands and expectations led him to Dortmund instead. At the rate in which his goals are flowing in at the club, it wouldn’t be surprising if his price shoots up to record-breaking figures and in a few windows, United will be linked with him extensively once again.
Will the hopes of the Mancunian giants fare better in the weeks to come when new arrivals Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighala are given time to settle and train?