Scoring goals wasn’t foreseen to be a problem for Manchester United at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.
A team that parades world class players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, United were supposed to be one of the most feared teams in the Premier League this season.
Unfortunately, they have been tamed for most periods of the season despite all the talent at the club’s disposal.
United have now failed to beat Arsenal, Burnley and Stoke in their past three home league games, and their misery has been compounded even more so by the fact that they have one of the poorest conversion rates in the league in recent games, scoring just two goals from 74 shots during those games.
Their opponents, on the other hand, have fared better in front of goal, scoring the same amount from only 19 efforts.
Ibrahimovic was particularly wasteful in United’s 0-0 draw with Burnley, while Rooney has been out of favour and therefore unable to contribute much, while Marcus Rashford started up front against Arsenal on Saturday but looked short of his best.
There’s no doubting Jose Mourinho is one of the finest coaches around in terms of defensive solidity, but his side have looked lacklustre going forward in recent times with the exception of the 3-1 victory over Swansea, during which both Ibrahimovic and Pogba proved their worth with decent goals.