Bastian Schweinsteiger says it is vital that Manchester United’s attackers get better at scoring goals.
In the wake of the weekend’s 0-0 draw with West Ham United, the German midfielder has put the onus on the club’s strikers to improve their scoring output by being much more instinctive in front of goal.
United have had five scoreless matches in their past nine and Schweinsteiger admits it is simply not good enough.
“It is a lot of things,” he said.
“First of all you have to create the chance with the last pass.”
“The guy who has the opportunity, they have to feel they want to score a goal and are going to score. It is a mix of everything.”
“If you miss a chance you have to be unhappy.”
“When you are a big striker like Ronaldo, Messi and Thomas Muller, they are all the same. It is about attitude.”
“They want to score goals. They have quality but they want to score goals. You need the attitude that you want to score.”
“Of course we have chances and we had the chances to win the match but we have to score.”
“With luck or whatever, you have to score. The feeling that the players want to score, we need to have more of this.”
“We are trying, we are creating and that is a good thing. We need a goal otherwise you cannot talk about winning a trophy because we should be winning at home to West Ham.”
“It is a pity but we are still in the [title] race. We are not seventh, eighth or ninth. I hope we can improve.”
“The players are not scared in front of goal, no. It is all about the killer instinct.”
“We have players who have the abilities but we need it in every game.”
“Every match is like this against West Ham. It is not as if every game is 4-0 at half time, so you have to score your goals.”
“An early goal would be really good and would make a difference because when opponents play deep it is not easy.”