Rio Ferdinand explains what Manchester United need in the summer transfer window

by Leo Nieboer

Rio Ferdinand has encouraged Jose Mourinho to improve his side’s potency in front of goal over the summer transfer window.

Manchester United’s Premier League campaign has been largely hallmarked by an inability to convert complete domination at home into positive results on a regular enough basis.

Reports of Mourinho’s interest in the likes of James Rodriguez, Bernardo Silva and Kylian Mbappe ahead of the summer suggests that he has already started to make the necessary steps to address this issue.

And Ferdinand, speaking after Man United’s 1-1 draw with Celta, strongly advocated the idea of Mourinho bolstering his attacking options over the summer.

“You need to have a team who can be ruthless and really end games in an instant,” he said.

“I’m sure Manchester United will be working on getting that in the summer transfer window.”

United’s attacking midfielders have been substandard at best in front of goal this season: Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney have only managed 40 goals collectively in all competitions this season – an average of eight goals per player.

That, I’m afraid, is simply not good enough. Not by any stretch. Mourinho will know that talk of a title challenge next season can only begin once players capable of scoring over 15 goals a season with relative ease arrive at the club over the summer.

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