United won their first game of the season in emphatic style, smashing an impressive Swansea 4-1. The first question that would pop into anyone's mind after reading the previous sentence is - how can a team beaten by four goals to one have played well?
Swansea dominated large spells of the game, but the problem that surfaced in their play against United is the same problem that is plaguing the United team right now: that is, the lack of chances created.
During Sunday's clash with Liverpool at Anfield, it was absolutely astounding watching Philippe Coutinho cut in again and again, ripping shots at David de Gea, assuming he didn't try to cut open the defence with a killer pass.
Glen Johnson dispossessed Ashley Young again and again and shelled the ball up to Sturridge who did a good job holding up possession and distributing it to the wings. Why take the time to do this short analysis?
Liverpool did something that United really did not - create chances for their strikers to finish off. United were woefully short of ideas on Sunday. Did David Moyes really expect his team to get a goal off Liverpool by having Michael Carrick lump the ball forward over and over again?
The answer is a resounding no. There was no creativity in the Manchester United team. Wingers didn't beat their markers and put in below-par crosses when given the chance. I remember Robin van Persie having one measly chance all game - and one from an insanely tight angle when the ball was rolling away from him. The only other real shot of note was a 25-yard effort from Nani...
Two games without a goal, United need to create more chances. The midfield looked a little bit flat and the wingers have been, for want of a better word, abysmal. Moyes, for some inexplicable reason, decided to leave two of United's most creative players back at home in Shinji Kagawa and Wilfried Zaha.
Why he took the perpetually underachieving Young over either of these two players is absolutely beyond me, but one thing is clear - there is a woeful lack of creativity and chance creation.
I believe the solution is Kagawa, as he has the distinct ability to split defences wide open with perfectly-timed cutting passes. Zaha, while more unpredictable, offers another route.
With the current crop of wingers under-performing, it might be time to bring in some new guns. Zaha is known for his ability to blaze past defenders effortlessly and would offer a real impetus into the team.
Adnan Januzaj, while still raw, is another option. Jesse Lingard yet another. It's time for a change in tactics. More creative players need to be given a chance, even if they are unproven. The United team honestly doesn't look up to the quality of Chelsea and Manchester City at the moment and dropping lots of points early on is a worrying trend.
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