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Carragher: Manchester United Need 'Top Quality Striker' To Win A Title

Carragher: Manchester United Need 'Top Quality Striker' To Win A Title

Jamie Carragher is blaming Manchester United's lack of firepower for their draw with Chelsea at the weekend. The former Liverpool player praised United's "tactically brave performance" but ultimately said they had "a lack of quality up front."

Chelsea are unbeaten in nine games since German Thomas Tuchel took over as manager. United on the other hand, are unbeaten in twenty away games in the Premier League.

Manchester United haven't been starved of goals this season. Midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes is the league's second top scorer with fifteen, only behind Mo Salah.

Their 9-0 win against Southampton is another proving point for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. However, 0-0 draws with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in 2021 have raised some questions.

On Sky Sports Monday Night Football, Carragher explained why United need to improve their attacking options.

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(Ole) is a guy who has played for Manchester United in those attacking teams over the years. But right now, I think Manchester United have a quality issue. When the ball actually goes up to the front players, is there enough quality there?

It's a polarizing point for Carragher to make, as United statistically have scored the most goals in the Premier League this season. Marcus Rashford has netted nine teams for the team this year, and Edinson Cavani has six goals to his name as he comes in and out of the starting eleven.

People talk about United needing a right winger, and they do, but they need a centre forward more. If United had Rashford on the left, a new centre-forward, and Greenwood supplementing a new right winger, that would address the lack of quality.

Mark Hughes, former Manchester United Striker, was also part of the Monday Night Football panel and echoed Carragher's sentiments. Hughes said Cavani is still an asset to the team, but they need a prime striker like Cavani in his hey day.

They need someone in like Edinson Cavani five years ago, when he was in his pomp. United probably got Cavani at the wrong time but he's still an outstanding centre-forward; when he plays in this team, he gives them more focus, more confidence going into his feet.

Who's the type of player they should be targeting? Carragher and Hughes agree it should be players like Tottenham's Harry Kane, or Dortmund's young starlet Erling Haaland.

You look at the options. In this country it's Harry Kane, or Erling Haaland who is coming through. You wonder whether they are players Manchester United should be targeting.

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