The Saturday View - Scholes picks a striker for Man Utd
Manchester United great Paul Scholes declared his former club need to do all they can to sign a striker in the final weeks of the transfer window and the name he suggested may come as something of a surprise.
Ater the 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle highlighted a blunt cutting edge in Louis van Gaal’s team, the need for United to sign a new forward in the final week of the transfer window appears to be pressing.
Wayne Rooney has now gone ten games without at goal for United and this assessment from Scholes suggested the time is right for the club to look for alternative options in the forward line and proposed that they should try to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"There doesn’t look like there’s enough goals in the team at the moment, from any position," Scholes told BT Sport.
“You need more than one. They’ve lost two top-class centre-forwards in Falcao and Robin van Persie, ok Falcao wasn’t great while he was here but he has been a top centre-forward.
“You wonder if maybe they should take a chance on somebody like Ibrahimovic for a year, someone in the van Persie mould.”
On an afternoon when water breaks were part of Premier League games on a baking hot day in England, Bournemouth took all the plaudits after their sizzling 4-3 win at West Ham.
We've got water breaks all over the place. The game's gone.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 22, 2015
The Cherries have been backed by most observers to enjoy a brief and less than successful stint in the top flight, but Callum Wilson’s (below) hat-trick allowed them to bag their first Premier League points at Upton Park.
Here are the views of West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, as his side lost their second successive game on home soil.
Leicester lost their 100 per cent record but reclaimed top spot in a 1-1 home draw with Tottenham, who are still awaiting their first victory after Dele Ali’s late goal was cancelled out by the in-form Riyad Mahrez to keep Claudio Ranieri’s men unbeaten start to the season intact.
Tottenham softer than a jam sponge— Craig Burley (@CBurleyESPN) August 22, 2015
Thanks for all the messages! Delighted to get my first goal in the premier league 2day. frustrated we couldn't get the win, onto the next 1!— dele alli (@dele_alli36) August 22, 2015
Sunderland lifted some of the gloom surrounding them after opening defeats to Leicester and Norwich by drawing 1-1 at home to Swansea.
Bafetimbi Gomis' third goal of the season - and his eighth in nine games - gave Swansea the lead on the stroke of half-time but veteran striker Jermain Defoe took some of the pressure off Dick Advocaat's Black Cats with a 62nd-minute equaliser after Andre Ayew had hit the post for the visitors.
Xherdan Shaqiri marked his Stoke debut with an 11th-minute assist in a 1-1 draw at Norwich, the former Bayern Munich winger's free-kick touched home by Mame Biram Diouf.
Canaries captain Russell Martin scored for the second successive game after 28 minutes when he fired past Jack Butland in the Stoke goal.
Finally, the Crystal Palace success story under Alan Pardew continued as a late Bakary Sako gave the Eagles a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at a roasting hot Selhurst Park.