Manchester United must sign a Ruud van Nistelrooy-type striker if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the club before next week’s transfer deadline. That is the verdict of ex-Red Devils forward Louis Saha, who does not think Erik ten Hag can rely on Anthony Martial. Ronaldo wanted to leave United in the summer window. However, his departure was looking increasingly unlikely due to a lack of clubs interested in his services. But if he were to get a late move, Saha says the Portugal superstar must be replaced. Ronaldo was United’s leading goalscorer in all competitions last season.

Martial is back from his loan at Sevilla but missed the opening two games of the season due to injury. He came on as a half-time substitute in the 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday but has now suffered an Achilles problem which will at least keep him out of Saturday’s trip to Southampton. Saha played alongside legendary former United striker Van Nistelrooy. And he says Ten Hag will need to sign a player with the Dutchman’s “killer” instinct if Ronaldo were to leave.

Saha told talkSPORT that he thinks  it would be a combination. Anthony is a great player but he doesn’t think that he doesn’t give the guarantee of 25 goals because there are some games where the player that we know needs a bit more aggression to himself. According to Saha, Anthony has got all the qualities, you can see it. He came on [against Liverpool] and he reacted well, recovered balls, and managed to get that great pass to Rashford.

He so added that he’s got the qualities, there is no doubt about it. But it’s about consistency and I think that’s why they’re maybe looking for another striker if Ronaldo is leaving.

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