Jamie Carragher says Manchester United are seriously lacking a forward and has suggested that the club should target Harry Kane or Erling Haaland over Jadon Sancho.
Whilst the Reds have been among the goals this season, they have struggled to score against big six clubs, with Bruno Fernandes failing to properly fire in matches where he is closely targeted by opposition sides.
Carragher believes that United need an out-and-out goalscorer who can be relied upon to score in big games if they are to challenge for the title, with the Liverpool legend insisting a move for a centre-forward is more important than going back in for Sancho after not landing the Borussia Dortmund star last summer.
Speaking with Mark Hughes on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher laid out his position and asked the former United forward if he agreed.
He said: “We’ve said they’re the top scorers in the Premier League, but do they have that player to score in the decisive games, the player that’s going to take them to the league title?
“When I look at that, people talk about Man United needing a right-winger, they went for Sancho. They need a centre-forward more than anything, in my book, and a right-winger.
“I think if you’ve got Rashford, a centre-forward, and a right-sided player, with Greenwood supplementing that, he’s still a young player, but that’s where they’re lacking seriously now.
“I wouldn’t have a go at Ole for that, I’d say it’s a lack of quality and you look at the options: In this country, Harry Kane or Haaland coming through. Mark, are these the sort of players United should be targeting?”
Hughes agreed with Carragher and said that, whilst the presence of Edinson Cavani is welcome, the Reds need a player at the height of their game.
He said: “I’ve seen United lots and they’ve got quality at the top end of the pitch – Rashford, Greenwood, highly thought of. But for me, they needed maybe Cavani five years ago when he was in his pomp. They’ve probably got him at the wrong time, he’s still an outstanding centre-forward.
“When I see him playing in this team, I think he gives them a lot more focus and they have confidence going into his feet and things happen around him. The players I mentioned, and Martial as well, they all want to play in any other position than down the middle.
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“Rashford would prefer it to be on the left, the same with Martial, Greenwood the right side. They’ve all been tried down the middle but you sense none of them want to be there.”
On Kane and Haaland, Hughes added: “They’re certainly the type they need to be in the market for. How accessible are they and how much ability they’ll be able to have in the market to go and track those players, who knows? There’s a lot of clubs that will go for them.”