‘That has to improve’: Alan Shearer singles out key Manchester United issue

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Former Premier League striker Alan Shearer insists Manchester United’s top-four hopes rest on the goals contribution of our attacking players.

The Newcastle United legend believes United can only quality for the Champions League if our attackers start scoring enough goals.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Alan Shearer said: “If Manchester United want to get in and around the top four, one thing has to change and that is the forwards have to chip in more with goals.

“Marcus Rashford, Rasmus Hojlund, Antony, Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Martial, you have got to ask for more from them. You have got to demand more when you are getting into dangerous positions.

“There is only one goal from that list which I have just read out and that is Rashford. They are getting into the positions and they are creating the chances so I suppose the time to worry is when you are not doing that at all.

“The demand to put the ball in the back of the net from those three [Hojlund, Rashford and Martial] in particular but you have to add Antony and Garnacho into that. To be in and around the top four, that has to improve.”

So far, our attackers have been goal-shy as we have heavily relied on goals from midfielders and defenders this season.