Shot-shy United


October 31, 2015
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

After two games without scoring including extra time of the League Cup loss to second-tier club Middlesbrough Manchester United is in need of goals against Crystal Palace.

In the 10 league games so far, United has managed only 105 efforts on goal, which equates to 10.5 shots per match. By contrast, Arsenal is averaging 19.6 shots per game, according to the Press Association.

"There's a lack of creativity and risk," former United midfielder Paul Scholes told the BBC. "It's a team now you wouldn't want to play against because they're tightly organised.

But it seems (United manager Louis van Gaal) doesn't want players to beat men and it's probably not a team I'd have enjoyed playing in."

United is fourth in the standings behind West Ham on goal difference. West Ham is at Watford today.

Aston Villa is under the temporary management off Kevin MacDonald following Tim Sherwood's firing as the last-place team prepares to face Tottenham on Monday.

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