Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look to bolster his Manchester United forward line in January after admitting there were no viable replacements for Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez over the summer.
Echoing the manager’s thoughts, The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Manchester United’s next priority is to recruit a striker and “creative force”.
The paper says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that from January, Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, Leicester City’s James Maddison, 22, and Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, 23, might be able to help the Red Devils address their inability to score goals.
Around £140million was spent during the last transfer window to bring in defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka plus winger Daniel James
However, Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan while Sanchez was allowed to join the Serie A giants on a season-long loan, with United’s inability to bring in a striker leaving Solskjaer short of attacking options for this campaign.
The United manager said: “When we let Alexis and Romelu go, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it’s forwards that next time we’re going to recruit. We’re looking for some creativity and goals.
“But there’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about because when you get players in, you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period.
“That’s the long-term thinking that we have to show. I can’t think ‘I need a player because this is my reputation’. No, it’s the club.
“There were strikers (available) but they weren’t the ones we wanted. We couldn’t get the one we wanted.”
United’s decision to allow two experienced Premier League campaigners to move on has been compounded by injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, both of whom are unlikely to feature for the visit of Arsenal on Monday.
Since thumping Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend of the season, United have scored on only four more occasions in their subsequent five top-flight fixtures.
Solskjaer admitted their struggles to find the back of the net is a cause for concern, as he said: “We need to score more goals, definitely. We’re working on improving the relationships, the patterns, the understanding.
“We’ve started at one end with the foundations, I think that we’ve done great defensively but we’re not happy with the return going forward.”