'United must sign Rooney support'


Manchester United have been urged to delve into the transfer market to sign a new striker, as well as replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher, by former player Paul Ince.

Injuries to Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov have limited United's goal threat, with now much of the onus on Wayne Rooney to find the net, while captain and Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher have recently been ruled out for indefinite periods.

Despite maintaining that he wouldn't be delving into the transfer market in January, former United favourite Ince is hoping manager Sir Alex Ferguson will replace his injured stars.

"There is a lot of pressure on Rooney and we saw what that did to him in the World Cup," Ince said.

"If you are going to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea you need someone who is going to score you 20 goals a season and you can't just rely on Wayne Rooney to do it year in and year out.

"Nani has chipped in and Ashley Young was flying early on, but they have quietened down form-wise, so you wonder where the goals are going to come from.

"[Dimitar] Berbatov's not playing enough, Michael Owen is out injured again and Danny Welbeck is still a young lad but he will chip in with goals."

The news of Fletcher's break from the game due to a bowel virus, and Vidic's season ending knee injury have come in a week which also saw the club knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage.

Fletcher the Vidic have often provided the driving force behind Ferguson's sides of the past, but instead of like-for-like replacements, Ince would like to see United bring some creativity to their pedestrian midfield.

"Darren Fletcher over the years has been that engine room, his energy levels are incredible so to hear the news that he's going to be out for a while is very sad," added Ince.

"You're not going to get players like Roy Keane or Bryan Robson, those players aren't around anymore.

"The game has changed since then and you don't get those type of characters, so he's got to look at another way of controlling the midfield and I think that can come from creativity in someone like Luka Modric or Andres Iniesta, they are the players I would be looking at if I was Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I'm sure Sir Alex will take stock and he'll be looking at what type of player he will need in January and it won't just be in midfield, I'm sure he's looking at a centre-half with Vidic being out.

"But I'm sure he knows what to do, there's no point me telling him what to do because he's the greatest manager I've ever played under."

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