‘We have to score more goals’: Eric ten Hag confirms Manchester United are in the market for a striker after seeing Cody Gakpo snatched from under their noses by rivals Liverpool…as Michael Owen insists Marcus Rashford is not the answer to the number 9 issue
- Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Manchester United are looking for a new striker
- The club lost out on goal Cody Jacobo to rivals Liverpool in a bid to sign the forward
- Michael Owen insists Marcus Rashford is not the man to play No 9
- Patrice Evra also said that this is Anthony Martial’s “last chance” to put in a good performance
Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Manchester United are in the market for a new No. 9 in the January transfer window.
The Red Devils lost Cristiano Ronaldo after his contract was terminated last month, and currently have only injury-prone Anthony Martial as the recognized No. 9 player.
The club also missed announced target Cody Jacobo for Premier League rivals Liverpool, and United will very likely have to plunge into the loan market to secure the services of a centre-forward with the Glazers looking to sell the club.
Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Manchester United are in the market for a new number 9 in January
Speaking after United’s 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest over Amazon Prime, Ten Hag wasn’t terribly impressed with his side’s performance in front of goal.
When asked if his team needed to be more stamina, Ten Hag said: “I can confirm that, that’s what I said in the dressing room.
“We have to score more goals. We created a lot of chances and it took us until just before the end for the third goal. We have to finish this game earlier.
Ten Hag continued: “After half-time we created two really good chances and you have to finish that game early. Life will be easier.
“Then you can save more energy in several games at home, which is better for everyone. But also for the team to progress, you need that.
Despite the 3-0 win, Ten Hag was unhappy with his team’s lack of supremacy in front of goal.
The United manager was then asked if the club would dive into the transfer market to mitigate some of these problems.
“We are always in the market but it has to be in line with sporting standards but also financial standards and we will do everything we can to bring in that player we need,” Ten Hag said.
The 52-year-old was then questioned about Jakopo’s imminent arrival at Liverpool.
Defensively, Ten Hag responded: “I’m not talking about any individual cases.”
About completing the Liverpool signingHe continued, “I don’t look at other teams, I look at ours. I’m convinced with the players we have, individually and as a team, that we can compete with those other teams.”
Manchester United have been linked with Cody Jacobo ahead of his imminent move to rivals Liverpool
This makes it obvious that Ten Hag has complete faith in Martial through the medium for the Red Devils.
However, former United captain Patrice Evra was not convinced before the match.
Evra said that with Ronaldo gone, it would be Martial’s “last chance” for a ninth-place finish at Old Trafford.
The expert said: ‘We need goals from Martial. Marcus Rashford is our top scorer and he only has four goals in the Premier League. It’s not enough.’
Speaking after the match, Evra seemed pleased with his compatriot’s performance. “I spoke to him after the match and said I wanted more goals from him but I also want him to keep fit and that’s really important,” Evra said.
Anthony Martial scored Manchester United’s second goal after a free counterattack
Also speaking on Amazon Prime about the United striker conundrum, Michael Owen was adamant the solution was not Rashford.
The former United striker said: “He’s not your main scorer. If you were at Manchester United, Rashford wouldn’t score 30 goals a season like Wayne Rooney, like Robin van Persie.
“[But] He would contribute double digits each year from this left side position.
“If you think Manchester United will play him halfway and score 30 goals and he will be your main man, I would doubt that.”
Similar to Martial, Stuart Pearce said time is running out for the England international. “He’s 25 now and it’s time to be honest with you, because he’s no longer young,” said Pearce.
Evra added that Rashford’s biggest problem is that he is not “killer” in front of goal, despite the striker moving into double figures for the season with his strike against Forest.
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