The inability to find a top-class goalscorer is making Manchester United’s ticket to next season’s Champions League shaken.
The first season of the new coach Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford is being considered a success, he created a Man Utd rich in fighting, promising and full of life. Of course, the achievement is not much different from the time of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Man Utd currently has lost 9 matches in the Premier League, an achievement compared to the last two seasons that Solsa led the cow for 38 rounds (8 matches). lost the 2019/20 season and 6 losses in the 2020/2021 season.
Saying that is not to lower the current “Red Devils” episode, they are still a team with a clear style of play and direction. When needed, Man Utd can still impose a fair play, attack fairly and individual mistakes also complain a lot. However, the weakness that makes Man Utd currently unable to fly far is the position of the target striker, where the heart of the whole attack is located.
It feels like in Erik ten Hag’s squad right now, only Marcus Rashford knows how to score, other spearheads like Wout Weghorst, Jadon Sancho or Antony are all “silent”. In the last 10 matches, Man Utd only scored 10 goals, which coincides with the period when Rashford fell in form with only 2 goals. The first three months of the year saw a very sublimated Rashford, but in April, things started to become more difficult for the English striker.
Erik ten Hag’s only striker, Wout Weghorst, shows that the Man Utd shirt is still too big for him. Joining the Old Trafford team in January, the Dutch striker has only contributed… 2 goals. Man Utd fans also cannot ask for more from a loan contract from Burnley, a team playing in the Championship. The unreasonable transfer policy of the “Red Devils” BLD has put the team in a difficult situation.
In the summer of 2022, Man Utd paid too much money into the Antony deal, it cost the team 100 million euros. Meanwhile, they have just parted ways with Edinson Cavani and only Cristiano Ronaldo is left as a top-class striker. Entering the new season, CR7 got bogged down, burst into the noise on the pitch and left. Because they spent too much money at the market, the “Red Devils” entered the winter market with a few banks with few pebbles. Antony’s contribution was limited, so that both Wout Weghorst and Marcel Sabitzer were considered two “fire-fighting” contracts.
Finally, respecting all the recklessness for Marcus Rashford, then when the striker “sneezes and runny nose”, Man Utd also became unstable. Erik ten Hag wanted to buy a striker, he wanted a striker like Harry Kane, but at least this season, the Dutch strategist could not achieve that wish. The distance between his Man Utd and Liverpool is only 1 point, if the other spearheads in the attack don’t shine soon, the prospect of this team losing tickets to the Champions League next season is entirely possible.