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Manchester United have improved their performance under Ralf Rangnick, but goal scoring remains a major issue according to Owen Hargreaves.
The Red Devils are chasing a top-4 Premier League place under their German interim boss. While they started the season well, qualifies for next season’s Champions League have become their priority objectives.
They are still in Europe’s leading competition, but do not look like one of the favorites to win it.
Yet United are also struggling to convince in the top-4 race. While they have found key victories against Leeds United, West Ham and Brighton in recent weeks, they have also lost points.
In fact, Rangnick’s team led 1-0 against Burnley and Southampton, but had to settle for two draws 1-1. On Saturday, United meanwhile had 22 shots, but only three on goal like them breathed and breathed to a 0-0 draw with Watford.
Bruno Fernandes subsequently criticized his team’s inability to take chances, which also cost them in the FA Cup. According to former Red Devils midfielder Hargreaves, however, United have clearly improved since they fired Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
“They play much better under Ralf. They really are,” Hargreaves said Premier League Productions. “If anyone thinks Ralf is the problem, then they are not looking properly.
“It’s the players who are in charge on the pitch and they have to take those chances when they are there.”
Hargreaves, however, admitted that United would have put four or five goals past the Hornets in earlier times.
He added: “Goal scoring has been a big issue for United this season; I think they have 20 fewer than Man City and 25 than Liverpool. That’s the big thing today; you have to win that game. The chances are there.
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“They want to be crushed because that top-4 race is so important to the football club, but they just can’t turn their chances around.”
United return to action on Sunday when they face Manchester City in a crucial derby clash.
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The fact that United had 22 shots against Watford shows that the stalemate was not due to a lack of attempts,
However, Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Elanga were not clinical enough when it came to it.
In fact, Ronaldo had the ball in the net in the first half, only for the offside flag to go up.
In the second half, meanwhile, Elanga got in the way of Ronaldo’s targeted shots as the Red Devils ‘fans’ frustrations grew inside Old Trafford.
United are now actually facing a crucial bloc of matches including City, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Tottenham.