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Speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport, Manchester United legend Paul Ince has slammed four of Manchester United’s star attackers in a rant against their underwhelming performances last season.
After a campaign in which United ended up sixth in the Premier League table and thus missed out on Champions League football for next season, Ince took aim at the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial over their displays.
He said, as quoted by The Daily Mirror: “You’ve got Marcus Rashford who scored 11 goals last year and gets a new contract.
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“Jesse Lingard was diabolical last year, he really, really was. Then there’s Alexis Sanchez. They got nothing out of Sanchez whatsoever. Martial? He’s a fizzy drink. He pops now and then. One moment he’s great, one moment he’s not.
“So as much as we’re talking about the defence and Chris Smalling and Harry Maguire, surely we’ve got to be looking at who’s going to be playing up top. We need to be looking at that because attacking-wise they’re not great.”
Well, Paul Ince certainly doesn’t mince his words, does he? The former United and Liverpool star’s astonishingly abrupt destruction of the current Red Devils attackers will certainly bring some things to light that perhaps weren’t talked about before, thanks to the shoddy state of the defence.
As Ince suggests, United’s focus this summer has revolved around their pursuit of Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire as they bid to address their poor defensive form – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side conceded 54 goals in the top-flight last season.
But what should be of equal concern is the kind of inconsistency being displayed up front. The side’s total of 65 goals was only higher than Chelsea’s 63 out of the Premier League’s ‘big six’, whilst the future of Romelu Lukaku is up in the air this summer. The Belgian’s potential departure would of course heap more pressure on those aforementioned attackers.
So whilst addressing the side’s back-line is an understandable priority for Solskjaer, trying to get his undoubtedly talented front-line fit and firing again will surely be high up on the list too.