United have scored freely in many of their matches against so-called weaker Premier League sides this season, but have struggled in front of goal against ‘Big Six’ clubs.
Shearer believes United’s strike force of Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford is not making the most of Bruno Feranandes’ creativity.
The Premier League’s record goalscorer also highlighted Edinson Cavani’s age as a concern as he assessed United’s attacking options.
“Cavani, they’ve got him. He’s 34 in February,” Shearer told Match of the Day . “Greenwood may be that man in two or three years time because he’s got fantastic potential.
“But I think they need a top-class centre forward in this team.
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“Greenwood and Rashford should be in and around that six yard box, there’s no one there, no one at all, nothing on for Bruno.
“He needs more options, he needs a forward in there who will put the ball in the back of the net.
“They’ve got to get in there more often. It was far, far too easy an afternoon for [John] Stones and for [Ruben] Dias. That’s what I think they’re lacking and it showed today.”
Shearer was then quizzed on who he would bring to United in an ideal world and replied: “Haaland or Mbappe.”
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