‘That’s got to happen!’ – Ian Wright urges Manchester United to target a traditional centre-forward

Wright says Solskjaer not targeting a traditional No.9 is ‘baffling’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Ian Wright says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to target a centre-forward who can be Manchester United’s focal point in attack as Edinson Cavani is not capable of filling that specific role.

The Red Devils signed Cavani on a free transfer last summer to provide competition for Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood up front.

The 34-year-old, who has netted six Premier League goals, signed a one-year deal at Old Trafford which includes an option for an extra year and Solskjaer has confirmed that talks are set to begin with the striker regarding his future.

The Arsenal legend doesn’t think Cavani can fill that role (Picture: Getty Images)

Despite Cavani’s positive impact, Arsenal legend Wright still feels there is a void to be filled in United’s attack and pointed towards their great strikers of the past as the type of centre-forward they should be looking at bringing in.

‘Back in the day when you look at all the forwards who used to play for United, they were magnificent, difficult to play against them, they were so good at everything,’ Wright said on Ringer FC’s Wrighty’s House podcast.

‘I just feel that them going away from having a focal centre-forward who links the play, whether it’s [Teddy] Sheringham, [Andy] Cole and [Dwight] Yorke, the way they keep the ball better in that area a lot better than they do now.

‘Even when Solskjaer played, they had a plan once they got in there, that they could play it into forwards, they could link, so the ball stays in an area where Man Utd can pick teams apart, it doesn’t happen anymore.

‘Even with Cavani, who’s not that guy. He’s not that link-up guy to make that happen. That kind of clever, inventive forward play in and around the last third that Man Utd just do not do. 

‘It’s baffling to me that Solskjaer who played in those teams is not looking for those kinds of forwards that can do that. That’s got to happen.

‘If they’re talking about Mason Greenwood as the guy who they’re going to eventually play down the middle, it’s not the same as what Man United built all their success on with the strikers.

‘I know football evolves and we’re seeing inverted wingers and wingers scoring lots of goals but that was a formula that worked.’

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