Manchester United's attack has only been productive for 62 minutes in league games so far.
United have the highest number of first-half goals in the Premier League but an area of concern for Louis van Gaal will be that his talented attack isn’t scoring goals late in games.
One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous traits was getting his side to score valuable late goals in big games and while van Gaal would always prefer his team to kill games off, it’s certainly one area United could improve.
One of the most infamous examples of a late Manchester United goal is when Michael Owen scored the winner in the Manchester derby with what was quite literally the very last kick of the game.
There is a danger that United are getting used to fast and heavy starts and this evidence suggests they take their foot off of the gas pedal in the second half of games.
United will need to get results against their Premier League rivals for the top four in matches that aren’t going to be so open, allowing United’s attack into games early on in the first-half.
However, while it is an area that van Gaal will want to see improve, United have secured three wins in their last four Premier League matches which suggests that the back four is starting to learn how to close out games.
The point remains if United’s attack can stay effective for longer, the defence will have less pressure to absorb late in games.
It would also help if the side could avoid spot kicks and try to keep ten men on the pitch.