Manchester United planning striker transfer to replace Anthony Martial

In light of their struggles this season to score goals, Erik ten Hag of Manchester United revealed the club will sign a striker in the summer.

Summertime acquisition With just 13 goals to his credit, Rasmus Hojlund leads United’s scoring chart. Anthony Martial, the team’s other starting senior striker, hasn’t seen on the field since the Old Trafford matchup against Bournemouth on December 9 due to groin surgery that he had done in January. Though that happened more than 11 weeks ago, United did confirm that Martial would miss 10 weeks of action. The 28-year-old will be freed from United after nine years of service in June when his contract expires.

“I don’t know,” Ten Hag said on the prospect of Martial playing again for United. “He’s still with the medical [team]. He’s out on the pitch but if he will be available I don’t know.”

When asked if Martial had let United down over his prolonged lay-off, Ten Hag replied: “We have scored a lot of goals lately.” Yet United still have a minus goal difference.

“So first part of the season we had a lack of goals but I think after the winter we improved a lot on that fact. I think from January on we score in every game and also lately we have scored more than one time in games.”

Martial, who has only managed 19 goals for United since the 2020–21 season began, only participated in 28 of their 62 games during the previous campaign. Hojlund, 21, who cost £72 million, arrived with a stress fracture to his back, delaying his debut by one month.

The lack of a seasoned and reliable goal scorer has been made worse by Marcus Rashford’s lackluster performance. Rashford only scored eight goals this season after scoring 30 goals the previous one. Ten Hag, though, persisted in endorsing United’s preseason planning.

“That is no doubt that we counted on him [Martial],” Ten Hag conceded. “You need two strikers in a league we are in and the competitions. You need more options. You need double positioning in every position and some positions we didn’t have the choices this season. The striker position, the left full back position and that has a negative impact on the results.

“Last season we were even shorter [up front] and came through that season very well. So the plan was quite logical to go into this season with an extra striker which we signed. That should have been enough to cover everything.

“I think it would help [to sign a striker]. As I always had in this plan we constructed that we should have had enough goals. You count on goals from Rashy – last season he had 30 – you count on goals from Martial.

“In my first season, he played very well and also in very important games he had a high impact on our performances. And then bringing in a goalscorer like Rasmus Hojlund it should have been enough goals.”

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