Manchester United Football Club sits in sixth in the Premier League at the moment, and it certainly feels as though a title challenge is beyond the Red Devils. However, a place in the top four is definitely up for grabs, but United will have to improve in one area of the field.
That’s according to United’s boss Jose Mourinho, who obviously has supremely high hopes for his team, but he’s identified the fact that his players just aren’t finishing their chances at a high enough level.
“A top team has to be much more clinical.” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“You have to get the first chance of the match and ‘bang’ 1-0, when you are winning by a goal then the next chance ‘boom’, kill the opponent and we are not doing that enough.”
“We did that in a couple of matches but even in the matches that we won, if I remember for example Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace, it is always hard to score goals.”
Manchester United have missed plenty of glaring opportunities this season, and eventually, that will come back to bite you. That is definitely the case with the Red Devils in the Premier League, and I’ve genuinely lost count of how many times we’ve hit the woodwork – but my guess is it is relatively high.
Cast your mind back to the game against Stoke City at the weekend. Juan Mata is usually the ever-reliable guy when it comes to being in the box, but he missed an absolute sitter that could well have meant three points coming back to Old Trafford instead of the one.
In my opinion, our poor finishing will be the reason as to why we won’t challenge for top spot this year. There has been so many close games that could’ve been turned into three points rather easily – Burnley at home, Stoke City both home and away and even Liverpool at Old Trafford just to name a few.