Patrice Evra and Roy Keane have hit out at Manchester United for failing to signal a striker final summer season after Marcus Rashford was dominated out for a number of weeks with a again injury, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in need of choices up entrance.
In the wake of United’s 2-Zero defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, Solskjaer confirmed that Rashford had suffered a double stress fracture in his again and the 22-year-old ahead is unlikely to return earlier than the mid-season break.
Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah scored at both finish of the match to safe Liverpool’s 14th straight win within the Premier League. The Reds now sit 16 factors above second-placed Manchester City on the high of the desk.
Anthony Martial and Daniel James, who each struggled to make an affect at Anfield, will probably be beneath strain to attain United’s objectives following Rashford’s injury and Solskjaer hinted that the membership can be wanting to usher in attacking reinforcements earlier than the switch deadline.
But United legends Evra and Keane imagine their former membership have left it too late to strengthen and criticised United’s board for a scarcity of exercise in the summertime switch window.
‘When [Romelu] Lukaku and [Alexis] Sanchez left we never replaced them so I’m not ready for the injury of Marcus to purchase now one other striker,’ Evra stated on Sky Sports following Liverpool’s win.
‘We should have done that months ago. I’m not speaking with the board proper now so I don’t know [why that didn’t happen].
‘But I know, as a United team when you want to win the league, you need four best strikers and actually we’ve solely acquired Martial.
‘So, yeah, I’m a bit bit fearful.’
Ex-United captain Roy Keane added: ‘It’s unhealthy information on the again of a nasty consequence.
‘Rashford has been a brilliant player but it’s an enormous loss to United and I’m all the time intrigued when golf equipment discuss getting gamers in and strikers. Where do they assume they’re gonna get these strikers in January?
‘There’s not many high strikers out there. United are having a tough spell, they’ll should get by it nevertheless it’s an enormous blow, Rashford.
‘It’s very uncommon you get a superb deal accomplished in January. Ole stated they’re not determined however they’re. They are determined to get a participant however the place do you assume these gamers are going to look from?’
Asked if United will probably be lively available in the market following Rashford’s injury, Solskjaer defined: ‘Well we’ve had many, many accidents on massive gamers for us this season.
‘We’ve had now Marcus, Anthony’s been out for months, Paul [Pogba] has been out for greater than half the season, Scott [McTominay] has been out for months.
‘So it’s simply an unlucky state of affairs that we’re in. It could be as a result of the window is open that we have a look at some short-term offers as effectively and that might take us by till the summer season.’
Pressed on whether or not he desperately wants a striker now, he replied: ‘Desperately? Not desperately. Of course we’re taking a look at numbers as effectively, as a result of we’ve had many accidents.
‘So if the right one is there and it will fit for us, we can buy. If there’s loans out there it could be potential. But I’ve acquired gamers right here as effectively which might be chomping on the bit.’