Seven goals in the three Premier League games since the restart show Manchester United’s attack has been been impressive.
With an Anthony Martial hat-trick against Sheffield United, more brilliance from Mason Greenwood, and Bruno Fernandes scoring again, there’s been plenty for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be pleased with.
However it is not just the forwards who have contributed. There have been two clean sheets in the last three league games – 11 in all during the current 15-game unbeaten run – and key to their current fine form have been the full-backs.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were both involved in goals during United’s 3-0 win against Brighton on Tuesday night. Wan-Bissaka notched another assist, his fourth of the league season, when he fed Greenwood for the opener at the Amex, and Shaw’s cutback to Paul Pogba helped to set up Fernandes for the second.
The pair have undoubtedly improved the attacking side of their game as the season has gone on. Shaw’s overlapping and dovetailing with Rashford down the left provided problems for Graham Potter’s side from kick-off but it was Wan-Bissaka down the opposite flank who caught the eye.
There has never been any doubt over the 22-year-old’s defensive capabilities – he is top of the tackles table in the Premier League – but he has grown stronger in attack. He has already bettered his assist tally from last season with six league games still remaining.
The former Crystal Palace man spent part of lockdown watching videos of previous games of this campaign to identify where he could get better, and there’s been even more insistence from him to get forward since the restart.
The number of crosses he is attempting has increased, the number of chances he has created has more than doubled since before the lockdown, and he is attempting more dribbles.
Shaw’s statistics aren’t as impressive as Wan-Bissaka’s – he is still yet to register a league assist this season where his counterpart has four. However, Solskjaer has seen a consistency in the 24-year-old which has led to him featuring in every game of the current unbeaten run.
“We manage the squad and manage players differently and Luke’s had a good upturn in form, he had a spell out and is playing some good football,” Solskjaer said when asked to explain Shaw keeping his place.
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