Man Utd chief Ed Woodward backed to provide one January signing to improve title chances

Man Utd: Can Solskjaer lead team to title?

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been urged to provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a prolific striker this month. United can go level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool if they beat Aston Villa tonight. The Red Devils have hit a rich vein of form which has led to increased hope among supporters of a first title win in eight years.

Bruno Fernandes is United’s leading scorer in the Premier League so far this term with 10 goals.

Marcus Rashford has seven strikes to his name, Edinson Cavani three and Anthony Martial just the one.

Former England and Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair says it is clear United need to bring in a top striker.

Sinclair claims United will not be taken seriously as title contenders until they sign a prolific goalscorer.

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“We’ve seen [Edinson] Cavani come off the bench against Leicester at the King Power last weekend and we were raving about him and saying how much more he brings to the table than Anthony Martial,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.

“But actually when Cavani started [against Wolves] he was a little bit ineffective – he didn’t really get into the game.

“I think that’s one area where Manchester United [need to improve]. I think it’s obvious they need a striker.

“They need a No.9 who is going to get you 25 goals a season and be really at it every day and every game. I don’t think they’ve got one [right now].

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“I think Cavani can play a bit part with good quality, but Anthony Martial is not the one.

“With Rashford playing out on the left I think that’s one area United need to strengthen if they want to be taken seriously.”

In his programme notes ahead of the visit of Villa, Woodward reaffirmed his full support for manager Solskjaer.

Woodward wrote: “There are many positive statistics that show the progress made under Ole in the past year. But they tell only part of the story.

“Just as important is the work we see being done behind the scenes to build a winning culture consistent with the club’s traditions of attacking football played by youthful, hard-working teams fusing homegrown talent with top-class recruits.

“We are getting closer to those objectives as the squad continues to develop following the arrivals of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.

“Our ongoing investment reflects the tremendous resilience of the club and our commitment to supporting Ole, while remaining disciplined at an extremely challenging time.

“As always, our priority is to win trophies and, with the team going into the new year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the path ahead in 2021.”

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