Owen: Manchester United Still Need A No 9

June 25, 2020
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Micheal Owen believes Manchester United still need to sign a ‘proper No.9 despite Anthony Martial scoring a hat-trick in Wednesday’s 3-0 home win against Sheffield United.

Martial has made no secret of the fact that he sees himself as a central striker despite often been used as a winger during his time at Old Trafford.

The France international made a statement of intent on landing the role on a permanent basis with his first senior hat-trick against Chris Wilder’s men.

Owen is among those who feel that a more natural finisher would be better suited to the role, with United having worked hard to assemble a supporting cast that now boasts some of the Premier League’s most exciting creative influences.

“We’re judging a team that has been below-par for a long time. Now, all of a sudden, they have got a lot of good players,”Owen told Premier League Productions.

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“[Marcus] Rashford missed a chance in the first half and if he had put it in, it would have been one of the goals of the season. The intricate play on the edge of the box was absolutely brilliant.

“So now I think he’s [Martial] going to get more service, and now is the right time to be playing as a centre-forward for Manchester United – with the likes of [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes and all these players in and around you.

“Is he one that’s going to be the No.9 for years to come? At the minute he looks very inconsistent. He will score a hat-trick, but is he going to constantly score a lot of goals? There is still a question mark.

“There is still a question about what is his best position. I think it’s probably off the left, but then again that’s probably Marcus Rashford’s best position.

“They are shuffling the pack a little bit at the moment but if you ask most people, they will say: ‘Where do Manchester United need to strengthen? They need a main No.9’.”

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