United’s latest outing against Wolves was a frustrating one, to say the least. The game ended 0-0 with neither side rising to the occasion to provide that special run of play that ought to have created the winner.
Instead, the Red Devils were lethargic, predictable, and woefully repetitive for much of the game. Bruno Fernandes’ debut addition to the midfield arguably gave it some personality, especially since Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard, later on, kept making amateur mistakes.
However, the most appalling condition of them all afflicted the frontline where Anthony Martial often looked clueless as to what was to be done.
As a result, United have gone yet another game without netting a goal, an apt indication of how reliant they were on Marcus Rashford to score goals. Since the Englishman’s injury, United have not found a single goal in the Premier League, remaining toothless for three consecutive fixtures against Liverpool, Burnley, and now Wolves.
This isn’t anything new either, with Rashford earlier finding it hard to score when Martial was out injured. Simply put, the young attacking duo is unable to operate optimally when not accompanied by each other.
As such, it ought to have been upon the management to acquire a capable striker during the winter transfer window. Instead, United managed to scrape through a deadline day deal for Odion Ighalo.
While the Nigerian striker is yet to appear in a United jersey, it goes without saying that a 30-year-old from the Chinese Super League is unlikely to be the most clear-cut solution to the club’s goalscoring woes. Having said that, fans will be eager to see him in action and observe what he is able to offer.
At this rate, even the inclusion of someone like Fernandes may be rendered null and void if a clear-cut and regular goalscorer doesn’t emerge by the end of the season.