Updated: Jan 22
'I think they’re quite eager for a striker. Because they need one.'
Robin van Persie insists Manchester United should sign a striker before the January transfer window closes.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Marcus Rashford will be on the sidelines for at least two months after suffering a stress fracture to his back.
That leaves United short of players in the final third at the moment, with France international Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood the only forwards currently available to play.
However, Van Persie hopes United bring in reinforcements before the current window shuts down.
“I do believe that he’s [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] not using those words, because otherwise you have the headlines and stuff, but I think they’re quite eager for a striker. Because they need one," the Dutchman told Premier League productions ahead of United's clash against Burnley on Wednesday night.
“Short-term, but long-term as well. I think it’s good to have competition at the club of the calibre of Manchester United. You need to have constant competition. So I’m pretty convinced that they are pretty eager to get a striker in.
“When I was about late 18 I made my debut, but before that I was playing with the reserves and the Under-19s, Saturday-Monday, Saturday-Monday for a couple of months.
“Then with the first team after I made my debut I played another six months, Sunday-Thursday, Sunday-Thursday. And then I had a similar injury, a stress fracture in my lower back. I was out with that for four months.
“You can’t really do much, you have to just rest and let it heal. But it is a difficult one because it always stays a little bit like a weak spot. Even now, it is not that I’m in pain or something, but it’s a sensitive area. So you have to be really careful with that.
“They will miss him so much. Like I said before, he is their MVP, their best player, creates the most, scores the most goals, even at that age. So it’s a big blow for Manchester United.”
Manchester United return to action on Wednesday against Burnley at Old Trafford.