Daley Blind rescued a point for Manchester United on Sunday with his 92nd minute equaliser at West Ham.
This extended United’s record to just one defeat in their last 14 Premier League games. It all sounds impressive. But the performances of late have not been.
Only the bottom two – Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers have allowed United to score more than once in any of their last six Premier League games. These are the only two games United have won during this run also.
Louis van Gaal’s side, with its £150+ million investment are simply not performing to expectations of late.
Held at Stoke City on New Year’s Day, followed up with a home loss to Southampton in which they did not force a single save from Fraser Forster.
United’s stars are not performing. Daley Blind scored at the weekend, to add to a list that includes Marouane Fellaini, James Wilson and an own goal. Robin van Persie only has one goal since the turn of the year and Wayne Rooney is yet to score.
In fact, Wayne Rooney has yet to have a single shot on target in his five Premier League games in 2015.
The captain is not the only attacking player underperforming. Ángel Di María can be added to that list.
Di María has failed to score or assist a single goal in his four Premier League appearances in 2015. The British record transfer has only created eight chances for his teammates in those 341 minutes, against the likes of QPR and Leicester. He has a shooting accuracy of only 20% and a crossing accuracy of 12% in those four games too. Simply not good enough.
Still expecting Manchester United to finish in the top four this season, as predicted pre-season, van Gaal’s side do need to improve their performances in the final 14 games of the season if they’re to achieve this.
Burnley held United to a 0-0 draw back in August at Turf Moor as Louis van Gaal won only one of his first six competitive fixtures as Manchester United manager. They picked up soon after but are certainly stumbling of late, if with no major concerns.
United fans will be expecting a comfortable and emphatic victory over a side who remain amongst the favourites to be relegated this season and who start the midweek fixtures only one point above the drop zone.