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With Man United the lowest scorers of the top seven Sportsmail assesses their forward options 

Rashford is better off the left, Martial’s form and fitness can’t be relied upon and Garnacho won’t be rushed: Manchester United’s attacking options rated after Ten Hag insisted they need a new forward despite 3-0 win over Forest

Not even a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest could convince Erik ten Hag that Manchester United have sufficient firepower to last them for the rest of the season.

United remain the lowest scorers among the Premier League’s top-seven clubs, and Ten Hag saw enough missed chances at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to support his view that a new signing is needed in the January transfer window to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Dutchman may have lost out to Liverpool in the race to sign Cody Gakpo, but he is still keen to strengthen his attack next month – even if it has to be a loan deal.

Erik ten Hag is not short of attacking options but his side are the lowest scorers in the top seven

‘We will do what we can to bring in the player we need,’ said Ten Hag after the Forest win. ‘We have to score more goals. We created so many chances and it takes us until just before the end to make the third goal.’ 

The United boss isn’t short of attacking options, though, after signing Antony and Christian Eriksen in the summer. 

Sportsmail looks at the forwards available to Ten Hag and their track records so far this season.

Manchester United lost out to Liverpool on Cody Gakpo after he signed a long-term deal at Anfield

Manchester United lost out to Liverpool on Cody Gakpo after he signed a long-term deal at Anfield

MARCUS RASHFORD (academy) 10 goals 4 assists

Rashford is the form of his life under Ten Hag after bouncing back from the worst season of his career last term.

The 25-year-old earned a recall to the England squad in time for the World Cup and rewarded Gareth Southgate’s faith with three goals in Qatar.

He has scored twice in two games since returning to United to move onto double figures for the season, as well as making an assist for Anthony Martial against Forest.

However, Alan Shearer and Michael Owen were pundits on Amazon Prime for Tuesday’s match and are not alone in thinking Rashford is better attacking off the left flank rather than as a conventional No.9.

Marcus Rashford is in the form of his life under Erik ten Hag after a torrid 2021-22 season

Marcus Rashford is in the form of his life under Erik ten Hag after a torrid 2021-22 season

ANTHONY MARTIAL (£58m) 5 goals 2 assists

The Frenchman is another player who has revived his United career under Ten Hag, and is the closest thing the manager feels he has to a No.9.

Martial was one of United’s brightest performers on tour in the summer before he suffered three separate injuries, and has already scored five goals in nine appearances this season.

However, Martial’s erratic form has been a source of frustration throughout his time at Old Trafford, and an inability to stay fit could also be an issue if Ten Hag has to rely on him for the rest of the season.

Anthony Martial is perhaps the closest thing that Ten Hag might feel he has to a No 9

ANTONY (£82m) 3 goals 0 assists

United’s biggest summer signing arrived from Ten Hag’s old club Ajax and scored on his debut against Arsenal.

Two more goals have followed – plus an outrageous piece of showboating against Sheriff Tiraspol – but the Brazil winger still has some integration to do after returning from the World Cup.

JADON SANCHO (£73m) 3 goals 1 assist

There have been concerns over Sancho after he missed United’s recent training camp in Spain because he wasn’t physically or mentally fit to take part.

The 22-year-old has been training in Holland in attempt to reset his United career, but Ten Hag will be careful not to bring the player back too quickly.

There have been concerns over Jadon Sancho after missing out on the club’s mid-season tour

ALEJANDRO GARNACHO (£420,000) 2 goals 2 assists

United’s rising star is enjoying his breakthrough season after scoring the winning goals against Real Sociedad and Fulham.

But Garnacho is another young player who won’t be rushed by Ten Hag with the United manager keen not to place too much of a burden on the 18-year-old.

BRUNO FERNANDES (£67.7m) 3 goals 3 assists

Despite being Portugal teammates, it always felt like Fernandes performed better for United when Ronaldo wasn’t in the team.

The playmaker is getting back to his best this season after an impressive World Cup and has also been United’s regular captain in the absence of Harry Maguire.

Bruno Fernandes has often deputised as United captain in the absence of Harry Maguire

Bruno Fernandes has often deputised as United captain in the absence of Harry Maguire

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (free transfer) 2 goals 7 assists

The Dane is playing at the highest level again following his heart scare at the Euros 18 months ago, with United benefiting from signing Eriksen as a free agent.

He has played in a deeper role, but Casemiro’s presence in midfield has allowed him to get forward and contribute in attack. His seventh assist came from a well-worked corner routine against Forest.

Christian Eriksen has been allowed higher up the pitch due to Casemiro's presence in midfield

Christian Eriksen has been allowed higher up the pitch due to Casemiro’s presence in midfield

ANTHONY ELANGA (academy) 0 goals 1 assist

The young Swede was a favourite of United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick last season – at Rashford’s expense – and has continued to be given opportunities by Ten Hag.

FACUNDO PELLISTRI (£9m) 0 goals 0 assists

The Uruguayan has yet to make his senior debut for United, but was one of the players name-checked by Ten Hag as a possible source of goals last week after impressing at the World Cup.

Facundo Pellistri impresse at the World Cup for Uruguay but is yet to score or assist at United

Facundo Pellistri impresse at the World Cup for Uruguay but is yet to score or assist at United



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