Paul Scholes believes Manchester United’s failure to replace strikers who have left the club over the last two years is where Louis van Gaal has truly failed.
The likes of Danny Welbeck, Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie have been sold by van Gaal, while Anthony Martial is the only striker who has been brought in.
United have scored less than 15 goals in all competitions since the start of October and Scholes feels that a reliance on Martial exposes United’s biggest problem at the moment.
Speaking to BT Sport after the full-time whistle, Scholes said: “When you’re relying on a 19 or 20-year-old kid to score you goals it’s not right. Proven goalscorers have left the club and that’s where they’ve failed.
“I’m sure Martial will be brilliant, the only thing he lacks is killer instinct and maybe that’ll come over time but United shouldn’t be relying on him having spent all that money.”
If Wayne Rooney had been playing as you’d expect him to, then United would certainly be a stronger in attack but right now we are indeed reliant on Martial to provide the goals. When he’s not on form, then we don’t look threatening at all and that is indeed a major worry.
There’s problems throughout the squad – from the mentality and attitude of the players to the tactics and how we’re set up to play – it’s not just working at the moment.
Louis van Gaal faced his toughest test as United manager away at Wolfsburg and failed. Now, his greatest challenge is to recover and get United playing the way we should be but whether that happens remains to be seen.