Manchester United might have the quick fix they desperately need – Richard Fay

It is not helped by the fact they have entered an international break on the back of a demoralising defeat to Arsenal, nor by the off-field distractions of allegations against Antony, continued takeover uncertainty, or Erik ten Hag pulling the pin on the Jadon Sancho grenade.

The optimism that followed the club&aposs summer business has soon disappeared. However, a good run of results when club football returns could certainly help alter the mood.

It might seem a bit happy-clappy to take such an approach, but the harsh reality is that winning matches makes everything a lot easier, and United have reason to be confident of a quick turnaround.

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United can have no complaints about where they are in the Premier League after four matches, and might even count themselves lucky to have two wins given their performances against Wolves and Nottingham Forest.

What we&aposve learned from those opening matches is United have conceded far too many goals, already more than both Arsenal and Manchester City combined, and have not scored enough. It might sound painfully straightforward and dumbed down, but it&aposs true.

The defensive problems are the biggest worry because there is no apparent quick fix. United have an expected goals against of 7.13 and have conceded 7, so they are conceding as many as you&aposd expect from the chances they&aposve had against them.

It might be a while before that is addressed, given Raphael Varane is still sidelined and both Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof suffered scares in the defeat to Arsenal.

Ten Hag will hope the deadline day arrival of Sofyan Amrabat will give them some more protection in midfield, though there is no real magic wand solution that would bring an immediate fix for those issues.

There might be one in attack, though.

The only positive from the Arsenal loss was the performance of Rasmus Hojlund from the bench, who caused real problems with his physicality and overall presence in the final third.

Hojlund was not able to fashion any real chances for himself but did so for his teammates with impressive hold-up play against the opposition defence, including a delightful flick in the build-up to Alejandro Garnacho&aposs disallowed goal.

The 20-year-old&aposs addition to the side should not only give United a more realistic scoring threat, but it should also make their wide players even more deadly, given they will have a player to link up with and more space to run into as a result of his hold-up work.

His actual scoring ability shouldn&apost be overlooked either. While he might not be an elite striker yet, Hojlund has all the makings of one and should certainly get plenty of chances to put the ball in the back of the net this season.

United have an expected goals total of 8.41 and have created 12 &aposbig chances&apos during their first four matches, but have only managed five goals.

As soon as Hojlund is settled in the side, you&aposd expect to see a significant improvement on those numbers, and even if he isn&apost the finished product yet, he certainly has more to offer through the middle than anyone else at the club.