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Lana Sargsian

21-12-2023 | 15:20 Football
"It's a big concern": Roy Keane and Paul Scholes agree on Erik ten Hag January transfer priority
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"It's a big concern": Roy Keane and Paul Scholes agree on Erik ten Hag January transfer priority

Manchester United's offensive struggles have not gone unnoticed, with club legends Roy Keane and Paul Scholes echoing concerns over the team's goal-scoring prowess.

Currently, only five Premier League teams have netted fewer goals than United's 18 this season, prompting a call for action from the former midfield maestros.

Despite a hefty summer investment of £72 million in Rasmus Hojlund, the club's attacking force has faltered, leaving them with a meager goal tally. To put things into perspective, league leaders Manchester City have surged ahead with 40 goals from 17 matches, exposing United's need for a significant offensive boost.

While the Champions League offered a slight reprieve, the Red Devils' inability to progress beyond the group stage emphasized the persistent issue. Scott McTominay currently leads the goal-scoring charts for United in all competitions with six goals, while stalwarts Bruno Fernandes and Hojlund have contributed five each.

After United's recent goalless draw against Liverpool, Roy Keane emphasized the pressing need for Erik ten Hag to address this glaring issue swiftly. 

The urgency to bolster the squad's attacking options is clear, and the upcoming January transfer window presents a crucial opportunity for the manager to make strategic additions.

"We get stats thrown at us every single week, they’re never good stats to look at but they have to turn up as a team," Keane told Sky Sports, quoted by Mirror.

"There just seems to be an issue with Man United - whether it be injuries or whatever and people try to look for answers outside of the club.

"Sometimes you have to look at what’s in the dressing room and that’s where they have to find the answers. I can’t believe for one second they’ll come here and win today, the biggest worry for me is the lack of goals. The lack of goals from this team, it’s a real problem."

Meanwhile, after the Champions League loss to Bayern Munich this month, Paul Scholes shared Keane's worries urging United to rectify their issues in front of goal.

"The big worry for me has got to be the center forward. We can't create a chance. It's a big concern where goals are going to come from."


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