Alarming stat shows Erik ten Hag has been unable to solve Manchester United’s biggest problem – Isaac Johnson

The England international had just popped the champagne on the Wembley turf after heading home in the 2-0 League Cup final win over Newcastle. He ended the season with a personal career high of 30 goals, the first United player to reach the milestone since Robin van Persie a decade earlier.

Van Persie was one of Sir Alexs final high-profile transfers before his 2013 retirement. United have not reached the promised land of lifting the Premier League title since his final season and Erik ten Hag is not about to break this barren run this term.

The Manchester Evening News was one of several outlets to be barred after revealing that a number of players are starting to lose faith in the Dutchman. Some squad members have questioned his signings, including that of Rasmus Hojlund.

United forked out 72m for the Dane, who doesnt turn 21 until February and has been charged with being the main goal-getter for United. He has scored five times, all of them coming in Champions League defeats.

He is yet to find the net in the Premier League after 10 matches, with the season now in December. Quite rightly, the lack of service has been highlighted as an issue. However, the time is soon coming where Hojlund will have to look inwardly too if this duck continues.

Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay sit as the clubs top scorers in the Premier League with three each. The attacker with the most league goals is Rashford, who has two.

In fact, between all attacking players – namely strikers and wingers – only four Premier League goals have been scored. Three of these came against Everton, with Rashfords goal against Arsenal the other.

This is a huge concern. In the United scorers chart across all competitions so far this season, Casemiro (four goals) sits joint third behind Fernandes and Hojlund (five). He was the other goal-scorer in the League Cup final earlier this year.

With Casemiro off the boil and now injured until at least Christmas, combined with Rashfords poor form, United have come unstuck. The duos major influence last season is being detailed in real-time.

Scoring was always an issue last season and Ten Hag many a time called on his players to be more ruthless in front of goal. Hojlund has been banked on as the striker for the long-term project that will turn good, but United need the here-and-now too.

Getting in a proven goal scorer was always the top priority in the summer and Ten Hag has failed to address the scoring issue, with this now coming home to roost. United signed a record seven players over the summer – only one was attack-minded.

Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat and Sergio Reguilon have all been lacklustre while Jonny Evans at 35 has so far perhaps been the most &apossuccessful&apos arrival after Hojlund. Goalkeeper Altay Bayindir is yet to make his debut while Andre Onana has been a liability.

More than 170m was spent over the summer and United have little to show for it as yet. But more to the point, only one arrival went towards addressing the gaping issue.