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Manchester United can’t seem to avoid draws; here are 4 reasons why

Last night, the Premier League returned for some midweek action. Manchester United were in action as they squared up against Everton. But as is becoming the case on an alarming regular basis; the Red Devils were again held to a draw. It just seems as if Manchester United draws game for fun.

When Manchester United fired Louis van Gaal and hired Jose Mourinho, they took that decision to avoid pitfalls such as they currently find themselves. Manchester United have not lost a game in their last twenty, but they have only won eight of those too – the rest has been boring draws. The four points they’ve lost in the last two games have provided Arsenal, the opportunity of leapfrogging them into fifth, if they can beat West Ham today.

With nine home draws this season, Manchester United will equal Sheffield Wednesday’s record of 1996-97 and Leicester City’s record of 1997-98 and 2003-04 of 10 home draws if they draw again at Old Trafford. The die is cast for Manchester United; they certainly cannot win the Premier League this season. However, the race for a Champions League spot is still not beyond them yet. But with the constant draws, even that is now subject to debate.

In view of the above, we take a look at why Manchester United have struggled to avoid draws this season – in the next four subheadings.

1 – Sickening dependence on Zlatan Ibrahimović

It’s becoming a normalcy that the chances of good old Manchester United getting a goal in a match reduces drastically each time 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimović is not playing for them. For what it’s worth, Zlatan Ibrahimović has really been worthy of being depended on. The big Swede has scored 27 times for Manchester United with most of those goals being crucial. With 16 goals in the Premier League this season, it’s not difficult to see why he’s so important.

However, depending on an aging 35-year-old has come with a cost. Manchester United sorely missed him when he was suspended for three games. Zlatan Ibrahimović has also been wasteful in front of goal – he has an average of 7.3 shots per goal. This is poor when compared to Romelu Lukaku (3.5 per goal) and Harry Kane (3.4 per goal).

Manchester United’s dependence on Ibrahimović as their biggest goal-threat has not helped them avoid draws.

2 – Manchester United draws as a result of creative midfielders who can’t create or score

Jose Mourinho has been frustrated at his midfielder’ inability to perform – Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba have been lackluster for Manchester United this season. Between them, they are yet to contribute as little as ten Premier League goals this term. These midfielders have also found it difficult to provide assist too – they’ve provided a paltry six assists between them.

Mourinho was absolutely livid with his midfielders after the West Brom draw and chose to drop Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial for the game against Everton. If United's midfielders don’t start scoring or and providing goals as soon as possible, Manchester United draws would continue.

3 – Mourinho keeps getting his tactics wrong

Jose Mourinho keeps tinkering his squad with confusing tactics that I most cases have been wrong and had left his players confused. The game against Everton was a perfect example. In an attempt to get back into the game, he sent on Paul Pogba for Daley Blind at half time. Herrera was then drafted as a makeshift left back – vacating his position for Pogba.

Five minutes later, Herrera was drafted to right-back in place of Ashley Young who moved to left-back. Meanwhile, natural full-backs, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw watched on from the bench.

With so much so much tinkering going on, the Manchester United players looked confused and struggled to find cohesion.

Former Liverpool defender, Mark Lawrenson told BBC Radio live:

From Manchester United, it was a dog’s dinner of a performance. They had no idea who was playing where and they played that way. They’ve gone away with one point but the deserve none. Where was Marouane Fellaini even playing? One second he’s trying to go forward and the next he’s running back – at times he’s chasing the ball like a six-year-old.

Mourinho’s poor tactics keeps hurting his team and it’s a reason for Manchester United draws.

4 – Old Trafford is no more intimidating

In the past, teams’ visited Old Trafford, Manchester United home ground, with one thing in mind – to avoid defeat. However, all that has since changed, notably since Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United. The coming of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal has seen teams approach Old Trafford with more confidence and yes, they do get good results.

Jose Mourinho’s coming has not changed that fact. The former Chelsea manager has been left frustrated as mid-table teams have confidently taken points off his side at Old Trafford. In the past, this was a near impossibility. At Fergie time, those one-points would magically be changed to three.

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