Manchester United to sign the next Wayne Rooney and three more players for Erik ten Hag

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Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has backed the Red Devils to sign up to four players to back Erik ten Hag.

“Cristiano Ronaldo obviously isn’t getting any younger and is not going to be there for another four, five years,” Owen told AceOdds.

“You never know, it might be his last season. So from that point of view, you do wonder where goals will come from. Marcus Rashford has always been a goal scorer but never been absolutely prolific.

“[Anthony] Martial has had lots of chances over time. He’s never been really prolific into the twenties, let’s say. So I think in terms of scoring goals, that’s where Manchester United will have to address it at some point.

“Defensive-wise, they’ve invested over the years. I think full-backs are still a little bit of a question mark. They spent a lot of money on the likes of [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka and [Luke] Shaw, and they probably wouldn’t be in the first 11 at the moment.

“But, I think when you’re Manchester United, you’re probably looking at the next Wayne Rooney, the next 18-year-old, 19-year-old, 20-year-old. If you’re going to buy somebody that you’re going to pay, make money and that’s going to nail that position down for the next decade.

“But there’s nobody really out there at the moment that they’ve done that with. So they’ve had to bring players in like Casemiro, like Ronaldo, very much the here and now. But they might need to be replaced in the short-term.”