Stu­art Mathieson

Stockport Times East - - M.E.N. -

United’s un­lucky de­feat at Chelsea proved the Reds can be gen­uine ti­tle chal­lengers again next sea­son, it also demon­strated why Louis van Gaal is go­ing to have to to­tally re­vamp his strike­force to en­sure that’s a de­fifi­nite.

Jose Mour­inho has carved out his bid for the crown on the back of Diego Costa’s 19 Pre­mier League goals.

They face limp­ing to the line be­cause the Brazil­ian is out with a ham­string in­jury.

It has left them with a one- time goal pow­er­house Di­dier Drogba shoul­der­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity in the run- in.

Were it not for the back up of 13- goal match- win­ner Eden Haz­ard, they could eas­ily be look­ing at a fa­tal late col­lapse.

Cir­cum­stances have left the Reds dam­ag­ingly short up front this sea­son and they can­not af­ford to launch their ti­tle re­nais­sance in Au­gust with­out bol­ster­ing their attack in the sum­mer trans­fer mar­ket.

The last time United

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