Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that his Manchester United attackers need to improve, after the Red Devils were held to another 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.
In what was a tight contest at Stamford Bridge, neither side created too many chances, with the visitors perhaps ruing the absence of veteran marksmen Edinson Cavani, who missed the clash through injury.
The goalless draw means United remain six points ahead of Thomas Tuchel’s side in the battle for a top four spot, though continued a concerning record against ‘Big Six’ opposition with the club without a win in seven fixtures against the Premier League’s leading sides this season.
Sunday’s stalemate was also their fifth 0-0 draw against a ‘Big Six’ opponent this season, adding to a record of five draws and two losses from seven ‘Big Six’ clashes in the Premier League this term.
That poor form against their rivals has also seen them score just once in those games, that solitary goal coming from the penalty spot in the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford back in October.
The Red Devils’ inability to beat the sides around them has been a key factor in seeing their relatively brief title challenge ebb way, with games against Liverpool and Arsenal in the last few months illustrating their goalscoring struggles.
That lack of goals is clearly beginning to worry Solskjaer, who admitted that his side lacked quality in the final third against the Blues and has urged attacking improvement as his side bid to turn draws into wins.
“We’re not scoring enough goals, that’s for sure,” Solskjaer told manutd.com.
”We came away and it’s another good clean sheet but the next step for this team is to win these games and score a goal.
”We needed to get three points and, of course, we should have had a penalty, which probably I would back Bruno [Fernandes] every day of the week.
”We didn’t have the right weight of pass, good quality at the end in the four or five good breakaways we had in the second half.”