Manchester United’s narrow 1-0 win away at Burnley on Saturday afternoon was a case of ‘job done’ for Jose Mourinho and his players.
They needed to secure all three points in order to prevent league-leaders Manchester City from extending their advantage at the top of the table - and they did just that thanks to Anthony Martial’s fine strike in the second half.
However, United had more than enough chances to add a few more goals to their tally.
On another day, Mourinho’s men would have been punished for their profligacy in front of goal.
Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer, analysed the game for Match of the Day and made an excellent point about United’s forwards.
Shearer spots what United's forwards are doing wrong
Shearer picked out several examples during the Burnley match where United’s forwards made poor decisions in and around the penalty area.
“It cost them last season, getting into good positions and not finishing teams off,” the former Newcastle United and England striker explained. “It’s also cost them a couple of points this year and that’s why they’re bringing Sanchez in.”
“What’s the matter with just rolling that in there - it’s a simple pass.
“Martial again. Pick your head up and pick the simple pass to Lingard or Mata, but again it’s a poor ball.
“This time it’s [Paul] Pogba’s turn. Why can’t he slot [Romelu] Lukaku in there?
“These are all very good positions they’re in to kill teams off.
“This is the worst one from Pogba. He does the hard work - look to your left or look to your right, slot either of them in and kill the game off.”
Shearer believes United’s lack of ruthlessness in front of goal is one of the main reasons why Mourinho has brought in Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in place of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
“That’s the reason they’re looking to get Sanchez in: to add that little bit more quality in the final third,” the pundit added.
Video: Shearer's analysis on United's forwards
Watch Shearer’s analysis on United’s forwards here…
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