It is safe to say that the most effective attack in Old Trafford right now is the cyber variety.
It was to be the season when Manchester United assembled a formidable attacking unit, increasing one of Europe’s most exciting forward lines with the capture of Jadon Sancho from Dortmund.
Instead, United appear to have taken a step backwards, especially on their own patch.
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Despite the victory, it was another unconvincing display from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
They had a harder time figuring out a way to get over the hapless West Brom than the hackers whose breach in United’s computer system is still being repaired by the club. Two VAR interventions needed a different type of technology to bail them out.
In fact, United have retained their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in five attempts this season.
Bruno Fernandes’ penalty ended an almost five-and-a-half-hour wait for a home league goal since his conversion against Tottenham, but they haven’t scored one in open play since the opening game here there. at two months.
There have, of course, been five goals against RB Leipzig at home in Europe and plenty of away goals as well – four at Newcastle and three at Everton and Brighton.
This remains a United team better suited to attacking opponents at the break than opening them.
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Still, they created more than enough chances against West Brom without it counting, and that’s an added concern for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
That’s a particular problem for a team with so much attacking potential, even taking into account Sancho’s failed pursuit.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both scored over 20 goals last season, while Mason Greenwood weighed in at 17.
Martial and Greenwood have yet to score in the league so far. Rashford has two goals and Edinson Cavani just the one he finds in English football.
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There’s no doubt that last season’s quick turnaround has had an impact, as have some international breaks, but Solskjaer is now hoping to see an improvement.
“We’re going to have three or four months together now and it’s about sticking together and staying together like we want to play,” the United boss said.
“We’re getting there, definitely, work hard, close, not conceding a lot of chances.
“We also created enough chances to win comfortably, but we have to be more clinical.
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“I hope we can reach some form like we did towards the end of last season. “
Greenwood and Paul Pogba were out and will be assessed ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League home game against Istanbul Basaksehir, but United continue to rely heavily on Fernandes for their attacking momentum.
Having been responsible for the concession of a canceled penalty by referee David Coote, Fernandes converted a kick taken from the other end after the excellent Sam Johnstone prevented his first attempt, only for VAR to spot the former United goalkeeper out of line. .
“I felt it was little West Brom and the big decisions were against us,” said frustrated manager Slaven Bilic.
“Instead of being 1-0, we are a low. It basically killed us.