It is no secret Manchester United's league performances have been well below par this season despite picking up seven points.
The Red Devils have laboured to two 1-0 wins and failed to break down a resolute Newcastle defence.
Louis van Gaal's men had eight shots on target against the Toon Army, more than the six they managed in their previous two matches.
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Despite this improvement it was still some way off a vintage Manchester United display, as the approach play was once again lethargic and static from the Red Devils.
Van Gaal's rigid tactics are stunting Manchester United's ability to create chances but this no different from last season.
Throughout Van Gaal's debut season the Red Devils were battling to find their best formation and form. It was not until February when United hit their stride and started looking like a team instead of 11 individuals.
Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young were three players picked out as vital players in helping United qualify for the Champions League.
But in the Red Devils' most impressive spell, where they beat Spurs, Liverpool and Man City, their best player was Ander Herrera.
Playing behind Wayne Rooney and Fellaini, Herrera was given the freedom to express his creativity and influence the attacking place, he is also strong in defence.
His ability to pick the ball up on the half turn and drive at defences caused problems for the opposition when United hit their purple patch.
Despite starting just 19 games Herrera was able to influence ten goals and scored a vital brace against Aston Villa. A WhoScored rating of 7.33 highlights his importance to United last season.
Admittedly once Carrick succumbed to his season ending injury against City, United fell off the boil. However Van Gaal has addressed that issue with the additions of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.
However with the added competition for places in midfield Herrera has horribly lost out, being limited to 59 minutes of Premier League football so far this season.
Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin or Carrick do not offer the same style of play that Herrera does, and United's tempo has suffered as a result.
His ability to link attack and defence has been severely missed at Old Trafford in the opening weeks of the season and it may be some time before we see Herrera back in the starting line-up.
Van Gaal has an answer to his problems sitting right in front of him, he just doesn't see it.
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