With the addition of Rasmus Hojlund – the most potential striker in Europe today, along with Marcus Rashford finding his peak form last season, Manchester United in theory entered this season with a team of players. Really quality work. But in the end, the front line became a difficult problem for the Old Trafford team.
Against Copenhagen, the Red Devils’ offensive stars continued to fail, and this was the third consecutive match that Man Utd had to rely on its defenders or midfielders to put the ball into the opponent’s net. It is important to know that coach Erik Ten Hag’s team has only scored 11 goals after 9 Premier League rounds this season, the worst performance among the 10 teams in the top half of the rankings.
With home field advantage and significant superiority in strength, it is obvious that Man Utd is expected to easily win all 3 points. However, Ten Hag teachers and students were even overwhelmed by the opponent in the first minutes of play and could not control the match in the first half. Entering the next 45 minutes, although Man Utd’s position improved somewhat, Copenhagen still created many dangerous opportunities towards Onana’s goal.
This season, it can be said that Man Utd has not yet won a truly convincing victory in any match, they absolutely do not look like a “big man” and always have difficulty against weaker opponents. Perhaps, it will take a lot of time for the Red Devils to become another version of Ajax under Ten Hag, a team that always “suffocates” its opponents throughout the match.
McTominay lacks stability
Last weekend, Scott McTominay played the role of both “hero” and “villain” against Sheffield United, but in this morning’s match, he only played the role of “criminal”. If it weren’t for Andre Onana’s talent, McTominay would have directly caused Man Utd to lose the victory with a foul in the penalty area and gave the team a penalty in the final minutes of the match.
Besides this phase, McTominay’s performance against Copenhagen was not really impressive. In the 78th minute, he also missed an extremely good opportunity to help Man Utd double the gap, when the opposing goalkeeper rushed out of the goal to block Alejandro Garnacho’s shot. Overall, McTominay still lacks the stability to become a truly classy midfielder.
Hojlund lost his support
Ten Hag once used Rasmus Hojlund’s achievements in the Champions League to protect the Danish striker, when he still could not score in the Premier League. But in the end, Hojlund also failed against Copenhagen, and what’s more remarkable is that he had a rather poor match. According to data from Fotmob, the former Atalanta star did not have any shots on target and also missed a really good chance (big chance) in the last match.
With a score of 6.6, Hojlund is also the lowest-rated player on Man Utd’s side by Fotmob.
Huynh Phong | 17:43 October 25, 2023