Phil Neville believes Manchester United need to get more goals from their front three if they are to challenge for the title next season.
The England Women’s boss says United need to copy the blueprint of champions Liverpool and previous champions Man City if they are to go back to being the best in the country.
United’s form since the restart after coronavirus has been good and they smashed three goals past Brighton on Tuesday night with two goals from Bruno Fernandes and one goal from Mason Greenwood.
The result leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men just behind fourth-placed Chelsea and gunning for a top-three finish.
However, former United defender Neville wants more goals from Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
They have contributed 36 goals this term, but Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have produced 44 league goals, while last season’s Man City attack of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane hit the net 49 times.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, Neville said: “If you think of the front three of City and Liverpool over the last few years, you’ve had Sane, Sterling and Aguero, probably 20-30 goals. Liverpool, probably 20 to 30 goals. United is 10-20.
“Greenwood is nearer to 20, Rashford and Martial are nearer to 20.
Martial jury out
“If they can add another ten goals each, or even five, five and another ten, all of a sudden Manchester United can challenge.
“The goals is where I think they need [to improve].
“Whether Martial can get another ten, the jury is still out.
“Marcus, is he ever going to be prolific? We don’t know but there’s a player in there who will be world class.
“Greenwood, he’s young, but someone has got to get to that 30 goals a season mark.”