Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that Manchester United need to sign a striker, and has suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to go after a player like Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino or Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min.
Manchester United sit way down in 14th place having won just two of their nine league games. Marcus Rashford did score for United on Sunday but the belief is that Romelu Lukaku needs replacing, after the Belgian joined Inter Milan.
Solskjaer has little available to him up front. Other than Rashford, United boast Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, but they lack that out-and-out centre-forward or number nine. It remains to be seen if United will make a signing in January.
Neville believes United do need to sign a player in January to solve their striker crisis, and reckons a player like Liverpool’ Brazilian star Firmino or Tottenham attacker Son would be perfect for United.
“I think United want a striker like Firmino, like [Heung-Min] Son at Tottenham. I think [Solskjaer] wants that type of player,” Neville said.
TBR’s view – Who should Man United sign in January?
Neville believes Manchester United need a player that is not an out-and-out centre-forward, but one that can link up play like Firmino does for Liverpool. The Brazilian is renowned for dropping deeper and setting up Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Meanwhile, Son Heung-min – who joined Spurs for £22million (Guardian) – is able to play up front but is naturally more effective from out wide. If Neville is right and Manchester United are to sign a more creative player that can drop deeper, they should look at a player such as Paulo Dybala.
Firmino, who earns £180,000-a-week (Spotrac) will not leave Liverpool – especially for Man United, while Son is expected to remain at Spurs. But Dybala almost joined United in the summer, and the Argentine ace would be perfect for Solskjaer’s side.