Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that his side have not scored anywhere near enough goals this season and that could be the reason they miss out on the top four.
The Red Devils have shown relative solidarity in defence this term but have lacked the required inspiration in the final third to fire themselves into the Champions League qualification berths.
A total of 46 goals is considerably lower than all the teams in the top eight, with cross-town rivals Manchester City hitting 70 in comparison.
Van Gaal has confessed that the team’s woes in attack have been a concern for him and the club, with investment in the area expected this summer.
“The players know the philosophy, know the character of the manager and know the way my staff is working with them,” he told Sky Sports.
“There are a lot of advantages and you have seen also how we defend. Our defensive organisation is very good.
“Most of the criticism from the media was about our defence and now it is about our attack so it is also confirming what I am saying.
“We have tried to do our best – the players, the manager and his staff. But this season we didn’t reach a level where we scored more goals so we need to do that. We have to also changed players.”
Marcus Rashford’s emergence has been a saving grace for Van Gaal and the club but the Red Devils are expected to sign a big-name attacker this summer before the start of 2016-17.