Ex-Chelsea star identifies ‘most damning aspect’ of Man United’s showing vs West Ham

first_img targets update Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ rookie error stalemate In his Times column, Cascarino writes: “The most damning aspect of Manchester United’s performance at the London Stadium was that they did not lay a glove on West Ham.“Manuel Pellegrini’s side found coping with United’s forwards was rather comfortable.“That never used to be the case. United used to boast forwards who would make teams pay when they made mistakes.“When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins at Old Trafford, he brought back that fearless approach to attacking. In his first game the shackles came off and they scored five goals at Cardiff. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Every Premier League champion since then has had a player hit the 20-goal milestone, so correlation suggests you cannot win the league unless you have a 20-goal striker.United’s current options, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, have never come near hitting 20 in the league, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to field Jesse Lingard, a midfielder who hasn’t scored since last December, up front during the final stages against West Ham.It’s no surprise West Ham easily dealt with United given Solskjaer’s attacking woes, and Cascarino believes nothing will change for the Red Devils unless a prolific forward is brought to Old Trafford. 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Jesse Lingard, who replaced the injured Rashford, has not scored a league goal since that victory over Cardiff in December.“The club needed to let Alexis Sanchez leave, while I can understand why they sold Romelu Lukaku to offset the outlay on Harry Maguire.“Having tightened up at the back, United remain short in attack. This will be no quick fix.” Manchester United recorded just three shots on target during their defeat by West Ham, and the Red Devils’ attacking failures were ‘the most damning aspect’ of their performance on Sunday afternoon.This is according to Tony Cascarino, the former Chelsea and Ireland striker, who says United will continue to struggle until they have a striker who can score 20 goals a season.Paul Pogba was the club’s leading Premier League scorer last season with a lowly 13 goals, and no United player has managed to hit 20 since Robin van Persie’s 26 in 2012/13 – the last season the Red Devils won the title. statement “That ethos has been replaced with one of pragmatism. It feels that when United win, they are scrambling over the line.“They have found the net just 11 times in their past 13 matches — and that includes the 4-0 victory over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season.“None of their forwards looks capable of scoring 20 Premier League goals. 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