United 1 Arsenal 1 – Three Players Who Need To Improve

Both Manchester United and Arsenal will feel as though last night was a missed opportunity to give….

1 October 2019

Both Manchester United and Arsenal will feel as though last night was a missed opportunity to give their stumbling seasons some impetus. However, a lack of quality and cutting edge in the final third resulted in a draw. Several United players should feel disappointed with their performances; here we identify three.

Ashley Young

We must start with the captain, everything that is wrong with Manchester United is epitomised by the consistent selection of Young. A 34-year-old right back, who was a 26-year-old winger when we won 8-2. Being a winger, Young should be au fait with crossing the ball but last night he looked like an amateur. His defensive work was no better as he struggled against Saka and in the second half gave the ball away to Willock, which nearly resulted in a goal. When Wan-Bissaka, Shaw and Dalot are back fit, Young could be relegated to the 4th choice full back.

Jesse Lingard

Although, he should be in the prime of his career, he is still yet to provide a Premier League assist or goal in 2019. Lingard should have been the creative spark last night, but in 74 minutes against a ropey defence and brittle midfield, Lingard could only muster three chances and one dribble. Comparatively, 18-year-old Saka played 79 minutes, providing one assist and two key passes. Lingard is at the last chance saloon, no longer a youngster and unlikely to develop, only good performances will save his United career.

Marcus Rashford

Perhaps the most difficult inclusion to this trio. There is no doubting the potential of Marcus Rashford, only 21 and over 100 appearances for United. Rashford hasn’t had a great season thus far and last night was a continuation. Pogba put Rashford clear on goal but the chance was fluffed, which was hardly a surprise. Rashford craved the central striker position and now has a clear run but hasn’t made it his own. Rashford could learn a lot from Aubameyang, both have similar attributes but when the chance arose, Aubameyang provided a classy finish. However, unlike the other two, Rashford has time on his side but cannot rely on potential alone.
After last night, several other players could have been recognised for needing to improve further including Pereira, Pogba and Fred. In the case of Pereira and Pogba they had a slightly bigger impact and Fred came on too late but nevertheless the jury is out on many of the players.

What do you think?


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