Jose Mourinho told this striker would have fired Man United to title

Lee Sharpe believes Jermain Defoe would have helped Manchester United to challenge Chelsea for the title

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Hublot

Manchester United would have been title contenders if Jose Mourinho had signed Jermain Defoe, according to Lee Sharpe.

The Red Devils are in fifth place in the Premier League table ahead of the derby against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.

Manchester United signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Mourinho’s side have struggled for goals in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign after finding the net 50 times in 32 games.

Manchester United’s tally is short of Liverpool, who are the league’s top goal-scorers after a return of 70 goals in 34 outings.

Defoe has been a key player for relegation-threatened Sunderland in the current campaign as the England international continues to roll back the clock.

The 34-year-old has scored 14 of the Black Cats’ 27 goals in the 2016-17 Premier League season.

Former Manchester United midfielder Sharpe believes the Red Devils would be challenging Chelsea for the title if Mourinho had Defoe in his ranks.

“United’s problem this season has been scoring and even if they’d had someone like Jermain Defoe they’d be up there,” said Sharpe, speaking to 888sport.

“The amount of chances they’ve created this season and not put them away I think Defoe would have got himself 15 to 18 goals even as a sub.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Lee Sharpe, including his thoughts on how Jesse Lingard has been harshly treated by fans.

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