Andy Cole says Manchester United simply ‘don’t score enough goals’ as he analyses the club’s disappointing season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side slumped to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, missing out on Champions League qualification, and former Manchester United forward Cole believes a lack of goals is to blame for the club’s struggles.
“We don’t score enough goals,” Cole told the Independent. “Manchester United was always built on playing entertaining, galvanising football.
“The centre forwards score goals, the wide men score goals – and you do miss that.
“You do miss that because that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’ve got to score goals when you’re are Man United.
“So, no doubt Ole will look at that in the summer and say ‘right, where can I get more goals from?’, ‘where am I looking to strengthen in the summer?” and just go from there.”
Cole also spoke about the adaptation of his former teammate, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to life as Manchester United manager. The pair were part of United’s famed treble-winning side of 1999, and Cole believes the Norwegian hasn’t changed since they shared a dressing room two decades ago.
“Ole is Ole,” Cole added. “For what I know of Ole, Ole has not changed. He looks like he is the same person.
“I saw him when he first took over as caretaker manager. I spoke to him and Ole spoke to me like Ole. It’s as simple as that.
“He didn’t speak to me like he was the manager of Manchester United. No, we spoke like we were team-mates.
“That’s what I like because sometimes people get jobs and they believe ‘I am on higher platform to you now’ or whatever. But, no, because we’re all equal.
“But to stand there and to speak to Ole, it was fantastic to look at him and say ‘wow, now your manager of Manchester United and fair play to you – you’ve done so well taking the job’.
“Yeah, towards the back end of the season it tapered off a little bit, but he’s got a big summer ahead of him and a new campaign he can look forward to.”
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