Ronald De Boer: Manchester United lack a star striker

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Holland midfielder Ronald de Boer believes Manchester United’s lack of a 20-goal-a-season striker is to blame for their poor form this season.

Man United have generally been sound defensively this term but they have been meek going forward.

Wayne Rooney is going through a torrid campaign, Anthony Martial is out of form and Juan Mata was anonymous against Bournemouth last time out. De Boer insisted United are lacking a star striker.

“I think their problem is with their forwards. At this moment is they don’t have one guy, a target man, who can score 20 or 25 goals a season,” De Boer said.

“Also, Wayne Rooney is not a No.9 anymore, he’s more like a 10 now behind a striker. They face a bit of a problem in that sense. One of the other problems for me is the age. The likes of [Memphis] Depay, Martial and [Jesse] Lingard, they’re so young and super talented, but you cannot expect these young players to always play great football.”

It is clear that Louis van Gaal is aware that his side lack a star forward, as United have been linked with moves for the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Thomas Muller in recent months.

While a star player may elevate the team, it remains to be seen if van Gaal will change what has been some very negative tactics this term in order to bring the best out of whoever it is. Some supporters are starting to become convinced that the Dutchman is not the right man to take United to the next level.

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