Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Ince, has spoken about what he believes the club need to do to close the gap on Liverpool.
Ince, who played for both Liverpool and United in the 90s, was speaking in an exclusive interview for Goal.
Having witnessed the fortunes of his two former clubs change drastically in the last few seasons, Ince is understandably keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.
And speaking to Goal, Ince says it’s down to United to put in the work, starting with not missing out on players such as Erling Haaland.
“If they want to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool then they need a world-class striker,” Ince said.
“They had the chance with Haaland, the young kid who went to Dortmund, that was sad really. He is a very, very good young player who can improve and you can’t let people like that slip through the net.”
United are currently a whopping 37 points behind Liverpool in the table. Despite this, United fans will see a top-four finish as a success.
Haaland, meanwhile, has been lighting up world football since moving to Dortmund. The youngster has fired in an impressive nine goals in just eight Bundesliga games, including a hat-trick on his debut.
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Ince went on further in his interview to say that it is critical United get it right in the striking department.
Having sold Romelu Lukaku, something Ince pointed out, he believes the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford need support.
“If you look at all the top teams, all the best teams have the best strikers. Their strikers have 20-25 goals in a bad season. Manchester United lost that in [Romelu] Lukaku. That’s got to be their main aim,” Ince added.
Rashford and Martial have 35 goals between them in all competitions this season. Young striker, Mason Greenwood, is also bursting through and has 12 goals already.
However, Ince does have a point. They’ve never replaced Lukaku. It’s an area they need to address if they are indeed to close the gap on their most bitter rivals.