Manchester United’s Missed Chances Against Real Madrid Highlight Urgent Need for New Striker

Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid at the NRG Stadium in Houston on Wednesday evening has brought their need for a new striker into sharp focus, according to manager Erik ten Hag. Despite having several chances of their own, the Red Devils were unable to convert any of their 14 attempts on goal, underlining their ongoing struggles with taking opportunities, which plagued them last season as well.

Jude Bellingham opened the scoring for Real Madrid with a well-executed clipped finish, and substitute Joselu sealed the 2-0 victory for the Spanish giants with a stunning acrobatic strike in the dying moments of the match.

Speaking after the game, Erik ten Hag acknowledged that United’s attacking display emphasized the necessity of signing a new striker. He identified two key areas of improvement – better pressing from the start of the game and increased goal-scoring prowess.

Ten Hag highlighted that United had opportunities in one-on-one situations, with players like Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Garnacho getting chances, but they failed to find the back of the net. The manager stressed that they need players who are capable of converting such one-on-one opportunities to goals.

As Manchester United pushes to bolster their attacking options, they are currently in talks to sign Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund. The club has already secured the signings of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana earlier this summer, with Onana making his debut against Real Madrid.

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The need for a clinical striker has become evident, and the club is actively exploring additional options to reinforce their attacking firepower ahead of the upcoming season. United’s management understands the importance of addressing this issue promptly to improve their chances of success in the upcoming campaign.

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