Former Manchester United man Keith Gillespie has told Football FanCast that the club are far too reliant on Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international has become a key component of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
Throughout the campaign, Fernandes has scored 23 goals and registered 13 assists in 45 games.
Sixteen of those goals, and 10 of the assists, have come in the Premier League, with United attempting to qualify for the Champions League between now and the end of the season.
Only Marcus Rashford has hit double figures in terms of goals along with Fernandes, hitting 18 in all competitions.
Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay, and Edinson Cavani all have seven goals and Gillespie has urged United to splash the cash in a bid to relieve the burden on the Portuguese.
He has told the club to spend on a striker who can hit the back of the net regularly, or risk consistently relying on Fernandes again next season.
Speaking to FFC, he said: “They do need to go out and spend, and spend big on somebody who is going to get them a lot of goals each season.
“For me, they just rely on Fernandes too much, and there is a bit of a lull with his performances but he is the one that, effectively, you look to every game. When they need something to happen, he is the one who is going to provide it.”
United are currently second in the Premier League table but they are eight points clear of fourth-placed West Ham United; they are also 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.