Alan Shearer snubs Anthony Martial and Odion Ighalo for Man Utd No9 role vs Chelsea

Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should prioritise teenager Mason Greenwood up front at Manchester United.

France forward Anthony Martial and January arrival Odion Ighalo can both play in the No.9 role too.

And Solskjaer has a decision to make over the next fortnight as to how he approaches United’s next game in west London.

Their winter break means the Red Devils don’t play until Monday, February 17 (8pm) when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Marcus Rashford still won’t be available come the middle of the month as he continues to recover from a back problem.

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United have been strengthened going forward, though, by the acquisition of Bruno Fernandes, who shone on debut in the No.10 role at home to Wolves.

United’s striker will finally be getting quality service, but Shearer insists Solskjaer should opt for 18-year-old Greenwood over his more senior options.

Writing in his column for The Sun about United’s striker situation and lack of goals of late, Shearer asked: “What does boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer do about it?

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“They’ve got a fortnight off before their next Prem game away at Chelsea — and Ighalo will have time to get up to speed at their winter camp in Spain.

“But I think it’s time to give Mason Greenwood a run in the No 9 role.

“He’s young, exciting and a natural finisher. After watching Martial’s latest performance, let’s be honest, what have they got to lose?

“If United’s other big January signing Bruno Fernandes didn’t know the size of the task in front of him — literally in the case of the attackers — then he will now.

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