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Do Manchester United really need a recognized forward?

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has soaked in everything levied at him and turned Manchester United into a well-oiled Premier League goal scoring machine.

Manchester United had been waiting for a messiah ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left. David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal fell flat in delivering. Jose Mourinho added to the trophy cabinet but was a divisive figure at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at the helm of Manchester United now. The Red Devils latest custodian has the least experience. More importantly, he arrived as an ad-hoc appointment and only later got a three-year contract.

The Norwegian’s predecessors must have been laughing when he got the job. He still has a poor record as compared to Jose Mourinho’s reign in Manchester. The football is arguably better and there are no more disturbing signals coming from the back room.

Ole’s appointment has steadied the rocking boat. The noise has left them and the sweet spoken manager has gotten about doing his job.

When he got the job, United had Romelu Lukaku in the dressing room. The Belgian attacker was a recognized traditional forward. He is no longer at Old Trafford and United are more potent in attack.

Young attack

Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood were tasked with providing the goals. Given the pace at their disposal, the Red Devils became a great counter attacking side.

Harry Maguire’s addition allowed them to absorb attacks and hit rivals on the break. Manchester City and Chelsea had better chances and more possession but succumbed against them.

However, it was highlighted time and time again that they did not have a recognized forward. Harry Kane was linked and the England captain might have even joined. But the question is, do they even need a recognized forward?

The question’s importance is exacerbated when we look at how the squad is shaped. This team is in the process of molding into Liverpool 2.0. They have pace, and creativity, which gels well with their pressing tactics.

Given the current make-up of the squad, it does not make sense for Manchester United to sign a Harry Kane or a Moussa Dembele.