It was a nervy afternoon for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s men, who came back from behind to pull off a dramatic victory at the Amex Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes scored the winning goal from the penalty spot deep in injury time for United as they escaped with all three points.
But Marcus Rashford ‘s effort for the Reds’ second goal was something Shearer was eager to touch upon on Match of the Day as he heaped praise on the forward.
Shearer said: “On the plus side, they’ve still got this wonderful combination of hitting teams on the break. A magnificent pass from Bruno Fernandes, the weight of the pass and the run from Rashford, but there is so much more to do. He sits Ben White down twice. That is a magnificent goal.
“For all that we saw about them being poor defensively, they’ve still got that magic moving forward and can offer things like that.”
But a major talking point for United remains their lack of transfer activity this summer, with Richards adding that he firmly believes Solskjaer’s side must recruit at the back before the summer deadline on October 5.
Asked where United need to add players, he told the BBC: “At the back, they need to strengthen. It’s too easy to run in behind them, they need some pace at the back for the way they want to play.
“For me, they need to sort that centre-back pairing out.”