United went back home with nothing except a longer injury list after Marcus Rashford limped off in the second half. He is due for a scan tomorrow after ‘feeling’ his groin and could be out for quite a few weeks. Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham celebrate their third win of the season and at least provisionally are in the top four. United are now down to eighth position.
It had been six months since United have won two consecutive Premier League games and following the victory again the Foxes, much more had been expected. We will have to wait a while longer.
But with Marcus out of the question, the length of the absence not known as yet, we again showed the shortage of centre forward options. To be clear United, did have their chances, clear face-to-face with the keeper chances – Mata, Lingard, Rashford , Maguire – but it was not to be.
In my view, the most influential player was Nemanja Matic, never fearing to go forward and always finding his man when surging and passing forward. He was always in the heart of all United’s moves. I found it surprising that it was him that was replaced by Fred but I suppose the Boss knows best.
As the Manchester Evening News reports, ‘Manchester United are paying the ultimate price for their summer transfer failings’.
United now have eight points out of their opening six games having already lost twice and drawn twice and up next for Solskjaer’s side is a League Cup clash against Rochdale on Wednesday. United might have a gross spend of £892m since June 2013, but failing to spend any of it on replacing their best striker in the summer window has resulted in exactly what we have long feared.
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