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Louis Saha tells Manchester United forwards to get angry

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Louis Saha has urged Manchester United’s forward players to play with anger.

United’s attack has clicked in recent weeks, with Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood both starting to find form while Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani have regularly looked dangerous.

Speaking to Ladbrokes, former United striker Saha said his old side has plenty of quality going forward.

Yet, pointing to his own former teammates, the Frenchman believes United lack a focussed goal threat in their side.

He explained: “I think, for me, when I look at the quality of the individuals, you can see that Man United have some great players going forward.


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“Marcus Rashford is a brilliant asset because he can comfortably play in any of those front three positions and do a job. When he plays direct and through the middle, at his best he’s just unplayable. Maybe he needs to just be a bit more clinical, because he does need a lot of chances.

“You could look at the attitude of those four strikers they have — I think at least one of them needs to be really deadly. That improves the competition among the other strikers.

“When I came to Man United, I was fighting with Ruud van Nistelrooy. I was always looking at him and how obsessed he was to score goals. It was so refreshing as a competitor for his place.

“When you start thinking with that obsession and that mindset, your whole game changes. You can start to forget about dribbling with the ball and creating chances for others, and you become more efficient with your runs because you’re that obsessed with scoring goals – and I think you need a player like that.”

He continued: “Sometimes I don’t feel like the Man United strikers have that level of focus — despite their immense quality. They tend to be more concerned about their link-up play and finding comfort in playing on the left or the right. But they don’t seem obsessed with being a bit more selfish – and I think it’s something at least one of those players needs to add to their game.

“I think they need an angry figure up-front. You need someone who is very angry whenever they don’t get the ball. It’s something that is missing in this Man United team.

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Manchester United were frustrated after a late equaliser denied them a win at Leicester in the early kick-off on Boxing Day.

United twice took the lead with goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, but a late Jamie Vardy strike meant the match ended 2-2, meaning the Reds missed an opportunity to leapfrog the Foxes and take second spot in the Premier League table.

United don’t have too long to wait to get back to winning ways, as they host Wolves on Tuesday night.

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“I know the players are upset when they miss an opportunity, for sure. But I don’t see it enough. Believe me, when Van Nistelrooy didn’t get a ball he was expecting, or he missed a chance, he wasn’t just upset; he was angry.

“I’m not saying it’s an attribute I necessarily had. But Ruud was, and then Wayne Rooney was, and Cristiano Ronaldo. So there was always at least one player who had that mindset and that selfishness helped the team. When you look at those four players up-front for Man United now, none of them have that.”

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