Two Manchester United legends have spoken out about the club’s current situation, with the pair offering contrasting advice to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Former skipper Paul Ince feels the Red Devils need to invest in a striker during the January transfer window in order to support Wayne Rooney.
Rooney, a leading contender in the Premiership top scorer betting, has hit14 goals in 19 games this season, with Nani the next top scorer on seven.
However, Ince fears that an over-reliance on the former Everton striker will prove counterproductive and could in fact damage Rooney’s form.
“There is a lot of pressure on Rooney and we saw what that did to him in the World Cup,” said Ince.
“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.”
Nicky Butt meanwhile – a former team-mate of Ince – believes the club’s young players will recover from their recent ‘blip’ and will all the more stronger for it.
Butt came through the United ranks along with a number of other talented young players including David Beckham, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers.
They formed the spine of the team that defied the soccer betting bounced back from losing the title to Arsenal in 1998 to win a magnificent treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League – despite Alan Hansen’s famous quote “you can’t win anything with kids”.
Butt clearly retains faith in his old manager Sir Alex Ferguson to help the current generation to develop.
“They haven’t got the experienced players, they have young players and they started the season pretty well but they’re having their first blip now,” said the 36-year-old.
“Everyone goes through that in their careers and it’s up to them to prove they are good enough to play for this club.
“You’re there to be shot at when you play for a big club and they have to accept that,” he added. “They have to take it from certain people and maybe deserve that.
“Maybe they deserve a bit of a kick up the backside but with the people they’ve got around them and the manager they’ve got there, they’ll be okay with that.”