Manchester United haven’t spent big on a striker since the signing of Romelu Lukaku in 2017. However, it is about time that changed following Anthony Martial’s performance against Liverpool on Sunday. United need a genuine, out-and-out striker to fire them to Premier League and European glory.
Martial is not the solution and has proved that this season, as well as in the 61 minutes he played at Anfield.
The Frenchman has now scored just two goals in 14 Premier League appearances this term.
He has played the majority of his football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a central striker, with Lukaku leaving the club in the summer of 2019.
Martial recorded his best goal scoring season in his career in the last campaign, netting 23 times in 48 matches in all competitions.
However, as United have crept up the table, Martial’s form has headed in the opposite direction.
The 25-year-old in fact started on the left of the front three at Anfield on Sunday, hinting that Solskjaer is starting to lose patience with him through the middle.
Marcus Rashford adopted a more central role to start with, though it is widely accepted his best position is out wide.
United do have a top striker in Edinson Cavani and if he was five years younger, then the former Paris Saint-Germain star would be the perfect solution.
However, at the age of 33, Solskjaer knows he cannot rely on Cavani.
United have undoubtedly surprised people with their results this season, especially away from home.
Not many expected them to be at the top of the table at this point, though the drop off from Manchester City and Liverpool especially has played a big part.
However, they need a bit extra to go to the next level.
“If he had an open cheque book, if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I’d be playing [Rashford, Martial and Greenwood] in wider positions, and I’d probably try and buy someone like Haaland because that’s the future of your team for about 10 years.”
Haaland would, as Owen said, provide United with a top-class striker for a long period of time.
And it would give Solskjaer’s side that few per cent to bring back the glory days to Old Trafford.