Paul Ince names the key position Man United must strengthen to challenge again

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge job on his hands to make Manchester United compete again domestically, but there is certainly reason for cautious optimism that things are going in the right direction.

The postponement of the professional football has halted United’s momentum, with the Reds going on an impressive run of 11 games unbeaten including nine clean sheets.

But there are still glaring weaknesses within Solskjaer’s squad and it’s pivotal these areas are addressed within the summer transfer window.

Former United midfielder Paul Ince believes a striker has to prioritised to provide a natural goalscoring outlet next season.

The pundit thinks the club cannot afford to let players of the talent of Erling Haaland desert them in the future.

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“If they want to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool then they need a world-class striker,” Ince said, as quoted by Goal.

“They had the chance with Haaland, the young kid who went to Dortmund, that was sad really. He is a very, very good young player who can improve and you can’t let people like that slip through the net.”

“If you look at all the top teams, all the best teams have the best strikers. Their strikers have 20-25 goals in a bad season. Manchester United lost that in [Romelu] Lukaku. That’s got to be their main aim.

Haaland, 19, is one of the most exciting players in Europe and his goalscoring record is impossible to ignore.

Solskjaer was clearly interested in the fellow Norwegian that he had a connection with from his time at Molde.

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But Haaland belongs in the paddock of troublesome agent Mino Raiola who United look like they want to wash their hands from after the farcical situation surrounding Paul Pogba.

While Haaland is not a realistic option, there are plenty of strikers across Europe that should be of interest to United.

The likes of Moussa Dembele at Lyon and Timo Werner at RB Leipzig would be fantastic additions; both are natural goalscorers and would provide greater depth up front alongside Anthony Martial.

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