Manchester United produced 51 crosses throughout their 2-2 draw with Burnley on Boxing Day and just one got here off.
Ashley Young‘s low ball for Jesse Lingard, who flicked residence to halve the deficit, was the shining jewell in a listing of meagre, listless balls into the field that Burnley’s defensive rearguard handled comfortably.
And it was, above something, a painful indictment of the membership’s board and their incapability to fulfill Jose Mourinho’s demand to signal a conventional, cut-and-thrust winger – able to reaching the byline and inflicting injury – over the summer season.
Man United are second solely to Tottenham Hotspur in the case of the variety of crosses produced this season – 437 in complete – and never one in all them was delivered by an precise winger in an precise winger place.
Anthony Martial and Rashford are strikers by commerce; Juan Mata is a No.10; Younger and Antonio Valencia have now been transformed to full-backs; Shaw is a full-back and nonetheless clearly discovering his vary.
For a crew that bases its attacking strategy primarily in delivering balls to Lukaku, there aren’t any gamers who you possibly can describe as having the innate, established qualities of a winger – somebody like Gareth Bale or Ryan Giggs, who each actively relished the function of bombing down the flank.
Evidently, Ivan Perisic – hotly pursued by the membership however in the end persuaded to signal a brand new take care of Inter Milan – would have offered precisely that. United’s board failed, and the influence of this deficiency has turn out to be manifold during the last week.