Arsenal legend Martin Keown has been airing his views on Manchester United’s disappointing start to the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.
Much was expected of the Red Devils this season following the appointment of Louis van Gaal as the manager in the summer.
The Dutchman is regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time, but so far he has struggled at Old Trafford.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches, United find themselves 10th in the Premier League table with 13 points from 10 games - four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and 13 behind leaders Chelsea.
United’s defence has come under scrutiny, but Keown believes that Van Gaal needs to look at his forwards and ask some key questions of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie.
‘Even though this is United’s worst start since 1986, I don’t think they should worry about that too much at the minute’, he wrote in The Daily Mail.
‘What they need to worry about is this: where is Falcao? How do we get Robin van Persie firing again? They don’t have to worry about their defenders because they haven’t got any!’
Keown does have a point about United’s forwards. Robin van Persie is one of the best players to have featured in the Premier League, but his form this season has strongly suggested that he is on the decline.
Even during the latter stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the summer, the Netherlands international struggled to make a huge impact.
Radamel Falcao is one of the deadliest forwards in the world, but his absence from recent matches has flared up speculation on his fitness.
On paper, United’s attack is one of the best in Europe, but so far Van Gaal’s side have scored 16 goals in the Premier League - Everton and West Ham United both have scored more.
United’s problems in defence are there for all to see, but they cannot mask the struggles of their forwards.