If you don’t buy the tickets, you won’t win the raffle! That seems to be the trouble with Manchester United this season, as new stats have revealed that they are one of the lowest shot takers in the Premier League.
In fact, they have taken less shots than a number of teams that are currently fighting a relegation battle in the league. For example, relegation strugglers Newcastle United, Sunderland, and Norwich have all taken more shots this season than Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United who are 19th on this particular table.
The only team to have taken less shots than Manchester United this season are West Bromwich Albion. However, the argument in favour of West Brom is that they have had only 43 per cent of the possession, while Manchester United have hogged 55 per cent of the ball on average this season. Having less possession means that the Baggies have had lesser chances to take their shots.
Here are the stats for the number of shots taken by each team in the Premier League, according to the Daily Mirror.
Rashford to the rescue?
The Red Devils are struggling to make it into the top four this season, as they are four points behind Manchester City with five matches to go. Their overall gameplay under manager Louis van Gaal this season has also been criticised by fans and critics for lacking creativity in midfield, and some bite up front.
When Marcus Rashford was brought into the first team squad after Wayne Rooney’s injury, nothing special was expected of him. However, the 18-year-old took to first team action like a fish to water, scoring six goals and producing one assist from eleven senior appearances for the club. He even scored a peach of a goal against West Ham on Wednesday to take Manchester United into the semi final of the FA Cup. Rashford has indeed been saving Manchester United from further blushes in the recent weeks.