Manchester United have rather unsurprisingly started the season inconsistently with a win, a draw and a loss so far.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side defeated Chelsea convincingly 4-0 on the opening day to hand fans some hope but that was quickly wiped out by a 1-1 draw to Wolves and a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at home.
United won all of their pre-season matches, defeating the likes of Inter Milan and Tottenham but it all came tumbling down rather quickly once the competitive fixtures began.
Supporters were quick to point out Solskjaer’s lack of depth as well as lack of quality in midfield but it appears there may be a different cause for the poor form.
The Red Devils lack of clinical edge couldn’t have been more apparent than the clash against Crystal Palace as they attempted numerous times to break down their opponents but failed.
In 2018–19, Manchester United's shooting accuracy was 42.78% – one of the best in Europe. This season (though only three games) it is 23.81%.
— UtdArena (@utdarena) August 24, 2019
Almost half less than last season is a seriously concerning stat, particularly since last season it didn’t seem as though they created many chances.
In terms of the Crystal Palace match itself, Marcus Rashford had two chances to convert with one of them coming from the penalty spot and yet he failed to do so.
Daniel James was also guilty of missing a good opportunity before his well taken effort came later on in the match.