We create chanaces, theres no doubt about that. Take one and you are changing draws into wins, which is a major factor in 3 points for a win.
Nothing to do with anything other than not taking chances.
We create some
chances, but not nearly enough.
Look at the Man Utd game, for all of our possession, how many clear cut opportunities did we create? I can't think of any. In fact the best chance of the game, besides the goal, was the sitter Rooney missed from 6 yards out. That was our 6th league game in a row against Utd without scoring a single goal. That's 9 hours of football, and I can't remember thinking too often during that time "how the fuck have we missed that??!?!?!"
Same story against Arsenal this season. Many on here were lauding the fact we had more shots on target than they did, and yet almost all of them came from speculative long range efforts (think Crouch's 25 yard half volley) that barring a howler from the keeper were never going to go in. Arsenal on the other hand created (and thankfully missed) a 1 on 1 and 2 open goals from inside the box.
Even against Derby recently, our attempts to break them down amounted to little more than shooting from outside the box and hoping Gerrard or Torres (the only 2 top class attacking players in the entire squad) would create something out of nothing, which of course eventually happened. Seeing that kind of desperation creep in whenever we face a resolute defence is all too frequent an occurrence.
In summary, while I agree we don't take our chances enough, we also need to be creating a hell of a lot more than we currently do. Whether it's down to tactics, personnel, mentality, or a combination of all 3, until we improve significantly when it comes to converting possession into chances and chances into goals, I fear we'll remain Premiership also rans.