Manchester United made the perfect start to the Premier League season, scoring four past a hapless West Ham United and picking up the three points. On display for the first time was Romelu Lukaku, who scored twice to get the Red Devils on their way.
The game itself was a convincing one. In my opinion, we have enough to mount a serious title challenge this season. But, former Manchester United player Paul Ince still isn’t convinced about our striker options.
He reckons that Jose Mourinho should still be looking to bring in another, big name goalscorer, because if Romelu Lukaku gets injured, United cannot rely on Marcus Rashford as he ‘misses too many chances at the moment’.
First of all, I think this is kind of harsh on the young man from Wythenshawe. You have to remember that for a lot of the time, including the game at the weekend, Rashford has played as a wide man – which obviously limits the amount of chances that he’ll get.
“United still need to get another big name in, a goalscorer,” Ince said in a column for Paddy Power.
‘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.
‘There’s talk of Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming back in January, which I think could be brilliant. He was unbelievable for United last season, and is an out-and-out lethal goalscorer.
‘He’s the sort of player they need even though they already have Lukaku. 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.’
I think that Ince gets it right regarding Ibrahimovic back. It is a long, tough season, and having someone of that class come in at the turn of the year can only be a lift for the rest of the squad.
However, I’d like to see a little more trust given to Rashford. He coped perfectly when the aforementioned Swede was out injured at the back end of last season, and I’d have full faith in him to be able to do something similar if another injury disaster was to happen.
This is a man who has been at the club for years and he understands what it takes to succeed at the Theatre of Dreams. He’s already proven his qualities, so I’d personally urge Mourinho to keep the faith in Rashford rather than signing another striker.