Stat shows why Man United must sign a new striker this summer

This stat does not make pretty reading for Manchester United and Wayne Rooney

Manchester United’s hunt for a new striker this summer has been well-documented – but this stat could prove once and for all that the Red Devils are in need of a new forward before the close of the transfer window next week.

Louis van Gaal’s men were held to a goalless draw by Newcastle United in the Premier League last weekend as Wayne Rooney failed to inspire his side to a victory at Old Trafford.

And now, a damning statistic concerning the England and Manchester United captain’s recent record explains why Van Gaal is likely to be on the lookout for a new forward in the coming days.

Rooney has managed to score just one goal from open play away from Old Trafford in the last 17 months.

That won’t make pretty reading for United as they gear up for their crunch Champions League play-off clash with Club Brugge on Wednesday night.

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