City Exceed Manchester United’s Goal Tally in One Game, Reason for Concern?

Jeff HarbertSenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2008

Above: Ji-Sung Park gives Manchester United the lead against Chelsea to take United's goal tally to five for the season.

Manchester United failed to overcome Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, leaving the Red Devils six points behind Chelsea and seven behind league leaders Arsenal. United may be forced to chase their biggest title rivals this season, but that may not be the biggest concern at the moment.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have only scored five goals all season, with just four league goals to their name after four games played. Meanwhile, cross town rivals Manchester City scored more goals than United have scored all season in their 6-0 romp over Portsmouth.

For a club known for their wealth of attacking resources and capability of scoring goals, it seems like Manchester United have reason to be alarmed after starting the season so slowly.

But if anyone is concerned about United’s lack of goals, they need to first of all, stop worrying, and second of all, take a look back to last season.

United didn’t score more than one goal in a game until the seventh game of the season, yet they still ended up winning the league. Not only did they win the league, however, they also scored more goals than any other team in the league.

Once United click into gear the goals will come and I know this without a doubt. Yes, they have had a slow start to the season. But there’s no reason to start worrying yet. The goals will come and so will the results.

The fixture list hasn’t exactly favored United this year either. Back to back away trips to Liverpool and Chelsea is a big ask, especially at this point in the season. But United showed some promising signs of what is to come this season during the early stages against Chelsea, and proved that, when playing at their best, they are capable of beating anyone.

So Manchester City scored six goals against Portsmouth while Manchester United only managed to beat them by one last month. Big deal. Chelsea thrashed City 6-0 last year while Manchester United lost to them twice, but it doesn’t mean anything, as United proved by winning the league

For those of you who are growing uneasy at the amount of goals United have scored so far this season, I recommend you stop worrying and give Sir Alex Ferguson and his team a break. Next week’s match against Bolton will be United’s first league game at Old Trafford since the opening day of the season and I get the feeling United will be out to really prove themselves in front of their fans.

All this talk about United’s lack of goals will soon be a thing of the past, just you wait and see. In the meantime, may the concerns please come to an end.