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No new frontman for Manchester United this winter, says Moyes

Dec 22, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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Despite Robin van Persie’s injury struggles, Danny Welbeck‘s inconsistencies, and Chicharito’s few minutes, David Moyes feels he has enough.

The Manchester United manager said no new strikers will be brought to Old Trafford this January transfer window.

“I would not say we are in desperate need of an out-and-out center-forward,” said Moyes. “We have got Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito (Hernandez), and Danny Welbeck. Shinji can play in behind as well, we are covered.”

Van Persie has missed five of United’s last six Premier League matches thanks to groin and hamstring injuries.

23-year-old Welbeck has four goals this season, but they only came in the form of two braces spread across 10 appearances.

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has only played 301 minutes this season across eight appearances, with just one goal and no appearances where he lasted the full 90 minutes.

Wayne Rooney has carried the Red Devils attack this year, bagging eight goals and eight assists, but even he is without a score in his last three matches.

Manchester United also have young Wilfried Zaha waiting in the wings, who can play up front if necessary.

Moyes did say, however, that they will search for quality reinforcements.

“We will look,” Moyes added. “But I wouldn’t turn around and say that I’m massively sure that we will get them, because a lot of the players we would be interested in wouldn’t be available for us in that month of January. But we’ll certainly be looking.”

  1. dfstell - Dec 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    They’re really fine in the striker department. They’re really only playing with a single striker right now. Rooney is really playing as a #10.

    The only caveat I’d give is that United has this habit in some games where they are dominating possession and push their opponent back pretty deep. They really don’t have good answers when that happens. It just results in lots of non-impactful possession and sets them up to get countered. They look so much better when the offense starts more around midfield or deeper.

    But, the reason they stink when they pack the defense back is that they don’t have anyone to cross the ball to. That really calls for a bigger and more physical striker than United have. I’m not sure I want to see them go buy someone like that (because you have to live with that dopy target striker all the time), but there are moments when they could use someone who is just a big battering ram.

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