Man United need ‘arrogant’ world star to kick on – ex-Prem star

Manchester United need to sign a big name attacking player with “arrogance” in his approach to the game, according to former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

Although the Red Devils are only two points adrift of joint-Premier League leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, the style of football at Old Trafford this season has been roundly criticised.

Wayne Rooney’s late effort in Champions League action against CSKA Moscow last week ended a worrying run of 404 minutes of action without a goal, during which time a large section of United supporters could be heard chanting ‘attack, attack, attack’ in the ground in a bid to alter Louis van Gaal’s approach.

And ex-Tottenham player Jenas, who works as a pundit nowadays, believes that the Manchester giants need a world-class attacking player with “arrogance” if they are to start playing the sort of football supporters want to see:

“I think the easy thing to do will be to get another striker in but whether he will fit in to what seems to be a rigid style of attack and be able to perform, I don’t know,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.

“There’s talk about bringing in a star, an Ibrahimovic, a Cavani, a Neymar. These players would change things because they’re of a certain mentality where they probably wouldn’t buy in to Van Gaal’s methods.

“They’re that big that they would go onto the pitch to play the way they want to and that may be something that Manchester United need.

“They need someone with that arrogance about them, like Cantona use to have, who just goes and plays the way they want to and makes the side brilliant and everyone else just works around that.

“They’ve already got the players [to play attacking football] so I don’t think there is a big problem.”

United currently lack options up front, with Wayne Rooney and rookie summer signing Anthony Martial Van Gaal’s only genuine options.