Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince believes that Manchester United need a new striker to take the pressure off Wayne Rooney plus find some back up in midfield and defence after the respective injuries to Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic.
It has been somewhat of a strange few months for Manchester United. Relegation to the Europa league competition after defeat to Basle plus the injuries to numerous players and of course the shock thrashing by manchester City, and Ince believes that Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to try and find cover for the remainder of the season when the January transfer window reopens.
Ince told BBC Sport:
“If you are going to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea you need someone who is going to score you twenty goals a season and you can’t just rely on Wayne Rooney to do it year in and year out. Nani has chipped in and Ashley Young was flying early on, but they have quietened down form-wise, so you wonder where the goals are going to come from.
“Berbatov’s not playing enough, Michael Owen is out injured again and Danny Welbeck is still a young lad but he will chip in with goals.”
Regarding midfielder Fletcher, Ince believes losing the player for any length of time is a big loss to the side.
“Darren Fletcher over the years has been that engine room, his energy levels are incredible so to hear the news that he’s going to be out for a while is very sad, but I feel they need that creativity in midfield, losing Scholesy was a big loss obviously. You’re not going to get players like Roy Keane or Bryan Robson, those players aren’t around anymore.”
Ince goes on to suggest that where creativity is concerned in midfield, Manchester United should be targeting the likes of Tottenham’s Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta of Barcelona.
“The game has changed since then and you don’t get those type of characters, so he’s got to look at another way of controlling the midfield and I think that can come from creativity in someone like Luka Modric or Andres Iniesta, they are the players I would be looking at if I was Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I’m sure Sir Alex will take stock and he’ll be looking at what type of player he will need in January and it won’t just be in midfield, I’m sure he’s looking at a centre-half with Vidic being out. But I’m sure he knows what to do, there’s no point me telling him what to do because he’s the greatest manager I’ve ever played under.”