By Aramide Oladipo
Paul Ince has criticised Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford for missing “too many chances” and claimed that they need to invest in another striker this summer.
The 19-year-old failed to get himself on the scoresheet in the opening match of the season against West Ham United on the weekend, extending his run without a goal in the Premier League to seven games.
However, the teenager posed a constant threat down the left-hand side throughout the 90 minutes and he produced an assist as Jose Mourinho’s side eased to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Writing in his column with Paddy Power, Ince feels that the team will need to score goals from all over the pitch in order to compete for the league but he is not convinced with Rashford’s ability in front of goal.
“United still need to get another big name in, a goalscorer,” he said.
“Yes, they’ve got Lukaku, but if he’s injured or has an off-day, I don’t know who’s going to get the goals.
“This won’t go down well, but unless it comes when he gets older, I don’t see Marcus Rashford getting them. He just misses too many chances at the moment.
“But everyone, from all over the pitch, needs to pull their weight. They can’t be totally reliant on Lukaku. His 25 goals won’t be enough to bring a title back to Manchester United.
“Last season, aside from Zlatan, the midfield players were getting very few in the league. That’s just not good enough.”
Ince’s verdict on Rashford is a surprise as he is widely regarded as one of England’s outstanding young players after breaking into the first team over the last 18 months.
The youngster finished as the club’s joint second goalscorer last season with 11 strikes to his name in all competitions but he only managed to score five in the Premier League.
Rashford will look to find the back of the net this weekend as United travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City in the Premier League.
The teenager has already notched up 19 goals in all competitions since his breakthrough season during the 2015-16 campaign.
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