Contrary to belief among some of their fans, Manchester United do not have the strongest attack in the English Premier League.
The Red Devils did add firepower to their squad in the summer by signing superstars Ángel Di María and Radamel Falcao, but have only collected 16 points from 11 games and scored 17 goals in the Premier League.
This is a worse start than last season under David Moyes, where at this stage, they had 20 points and had scored 18 goals. This highlights that they really aren’t more of an attacking threat to teams than last season.
Van Persie's fallen well short of own high standard
The players that would likely be used to illustrate Manchester United’s ‘powerful’ attack would be Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Ángel Di María, Radamel Falcao and Juan Mata.
These five players have scored 13 of Manchester United’s 17 this season, this shows that the majority of their goals come from their attacking players, which is good, but it is questionable whether around 1 goal from the 5 of them per game is acceptable when you look at their quality.
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They have the 7th best attack in the league, which is good but it isn’t great considering the talent at Louis van Gaal’s disposal and the money spent to acquire them.
Even though collectively their attack has been disappointing, their individual attacking talent is impressive. Di María has most importantly brought a new dimension to the attack in terms of creativity similarly to Cesc Fàbregas for Chelsea, though on a less successful scale.
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Fàbregas has been involved in 10 of Chelsea’s 28 goals (1 goal, 9 assists) and Di Maria with 8 of Manchester United’s (3 goals, 5 assists).
The former Real Madrid man was bought for £59.7 million, which is about twice as much of what Chelsea paid for Cesc Fàbregas. When you compare the prices of both players, you would expect more from the Argentinian, but of course he is still adapting to the Premier League whereas Fàbregas is extremely familiar with it having played with Arsenal for 8 years and they are not the exact same playing position on the field.
Although United’s attack has been under-par so far this season, it is no doubt that when they find their flow, they will be a force to be reckoned with and will trouble opposing defences.