TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has tipped Manchester United to make a more established addition to their forward line – citing Wolves’ Raul Jimenez as a perfect example.
United have won five out of their last six games following their victory over Brighton and Hove Albion earlier today – but Cascarino feels the United frontline is too pace-heavy.
Cascarino made the case for bringing in Jimenez after suggesting that Anthony Martial – who started up top against the Seagulls – is more of a wide player.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Cascarino feels that an established striker is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad needs.
He said: “With Mason Greenwood coming in, and having Martial, and having Rashford, and having Daniel James, he’s got a lot of pace in his forward line.
“I think it’s paramount he goes and buys a proper centre forward. I do think they need an established centre forward in there.
“Martial – he’s playing centre forward, but I just don’t feel he’s a natural centre forward. He doesn’t lead the line or hold up play. He’s dangerous because he’s quick and he finds little opportunities, but I don’t see a centre forward, there – I see a wide player.
“I think a proper centre forward would really change their forward line.
“I look at Jimenez. I think Jimenez is a really gifted centre forward. He leads the line a bit like [Roberto] Firmino, he’s a technically very gifted player, he’s a threat in the air, he gets on with pace around him, and United have that.”
You can see the logic from Cascarino – with United only just starting to click into gear on the goalscoring front this season – scoring more than once for the fourth time in five games on Sunday having been unable to do so between the opening day and late October.
Having let go the likes of Romelu Lukaku in the summer, it could be argued that the team do not possess an out-and-out centre forward – with Marcus Rashford and Martial often pushed out to the wing in recent seasons.
Martial is the oldest of the striking quartet that Cascarino mentions, but at just 23, it is clear that there is a lack of experience up front for the Red Devils.
That’s not to suggest someone like 28-year-old Jimenez would suit the club because of his age alone, but with the Mexican outscoring United’s forwards both last season and so far this year), he may yet be a viable solution should Solskjaer and Cascarino be thinking along the same lines.
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