Arsenal legend tells Man Utd how to ‘greatly improve’ their top four chances


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Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo should be threats from set-pieces (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Martin Keown says Manchester United must improve their stunningly poor record from corners and it could be the difference between finishing in the top four and missing out.

The Red Devils are the only Premier League side not to score from a corner so far this season, and given they have aerial threats like Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane in their side, it is baffling that they have failed in this department.

Keown says it is a problem that has been going on for some time and something that the club has tried to fix by bringing in a specialist coach, but it is yet to bear fruit.

The former centre-back believes that if the Red Devils can find a way to strike from corners then they will have a much better chance of playing in the Champions League next season.

‘Manchester United’s set-piece struggles are nothing new,’ Keown wrote in the Daily Mail. ‘Previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified this as a problem, so much so that he hired a specialist set-piece coach called Eric Ramsay to try to improve them.

‘When you consider the players United have at their disposal, this is an area in which they’re massively under-achieving. They’ve got more than capable deliverers of the ball in Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes, and they have prime targets in the box in Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo, among others.

‘Despite this, United remain the only Premier League side yet to score from a corner this season.

‘This is a key area which United need to address. Start scoring from set pieces and their chances of a Premier League top-four finish will greatly improve.’


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