Manchester United short of attacking options

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Manchester United were recently dealt the blow of losing England striker Marcus Rashford for at least two months after the youngster sustained a double stress fracture in his back.

The Red Devils were already slightly short of attacking options before Rashford’s injury. Now, boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a dilemma when it comes to attacking options

Only two fit forwards

The reason that Solskjaer has a dilemma is that the Red Devils only have two players capable of playing as central forwards in the shape of French international Anthony Martial and youngster Mason Greenwood.

Both players have talent, but there are also problems with both too. Martial is injury-prone and can be inconsistent, while Greenwood is just so raw. The 18-year-old is an exciting talent, but he has made just 21 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils.

Linked with a move for Cavani

United, of course, could go out and bring in a new striker this month before the transfer window closes. The Red Devils have been linked with a move for PSG’s Uruguayan international striker Edinson Cavani, who has reportedly handed in a transfer request at the Parisian club.

The experienced forward will be a free agent in the summer when his contract expires. However, it seems the 32-year-old is eager to leave the French club sooner than the summer. Cavani will be 33 in February and has also been linked with a switch to Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

A major blow to United’s top-four hopes

The injury to Rashford is a major blow to United’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League this season. If the Red Devils cannot secure a new striker, then they are likely to struggle for a top-four spot this season.

United looked short of attacking options in the summer. However, instead of bringing in a new striker Solskjaer decided to stick with his current attacking players. That may prove a costly mistake in the new few months if youngster Greenwood cannot deliver.

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