Manchester United have every reason to envy rivals Arsenal considering they have the “extraordinary” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Tony Cascarino.
While Aubameyang has fired a somewhat underwhelming Arsenal into third-place in the Premier League, United have plummeted down to 12th having only won two of their opening eight games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have clearly been lacking a proven goalscorer in their ranks this season. With no more Romelu Lukaku, they had hoped Marcus Rashford would step up and bang in the goals.
But the 21-year-old has struggled to meet expectations at Old Trafford upon finding the net just three times.
Anthony Martial, meanwhile, has been sidelined since August with a hamstring problem. While it might be too soon for United to heavily rely on 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, who is fresh out of the academy.
The Red Devils, therefore, have suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 30 years.
And, with just five goals in their last seven league games, Cascarino has no doubts they need a quality attacker like Aubameyang.
The 30-year-old has scored more than half of Arsenal’s Premier League goals with seven to his name in eight appearances.
“Aubameyang’s goalscoring record is extraordinary,” the ex-Chelsea forward told talkSPORT.
“It’s one thing I look at United and think they haven’t got a [Sergio] Aguero, a [Harry] Kane, a Aubameyang, a [Alexandre] Lacazette, a [Mohamed] Salah or [Sadio] Mane.
“They haven’t got any of that and that’s why their failing because they don’t have forwards with that quality.”
Cascarino also claimed United have abandoned their principles by reverting to a defensive style of football.
He added: “I’ve always argued that Manchester United as a football club should never employ a coach that plays cautious football because the club is not built on that.
“From the 60s and onwards, the club was built to entertain at the highest level with players who were good enough technically to wear that shirt.
“I think they’ve gone away from that.”