Manchester United have been told to stop trying to buy experienced strikers who are coming towards the end of their careers.
Michael Owen, who joined the club at the age of 29, spent three years at Old Trafford before leaving for Stoke.
United have been criticised in recent years for signing players who are at the end of their careers, having brought in 30-year-old Odion Ighalo and 34-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
And Owen believes they need to break that trend by bringing in a young striker to play for them for the next ten years, like they did with Wayne Rooney.
He explained that Erling Haaland would be the ideal target to focus on considering his potential.
The Borussia Dortmund striker had been linked with a move to Old Trafford this time last year, but turned them down in favour of the Bundesliga side.
But with a release clause of £68million set to come into effect next year, Owen believes United should buy him and let him lead the line for the next ten years.
“If you look at the recent past of Manchester United, they have been buying a lot of players that have been coming to the twilight of their career – when you look at Cavani, before that Ibrahimovic, before that Van Persie, Henrik Larsson,” he said. “They have gone for players right at the end of their career.
“The last one they bought early on in their career is Wayne Rooney.
“At least then you have got a player that is going to last you for 10 years.
“At the moment, Manchester United have struggled to find that young player that is going to take them all the way as a No 9.
“I think the one player out there that springs to mind, a player that could be in their team for 10 years and stop them having to buy stop-gaps all the time, is Haaland at Dortmund.
“He is the player on everybody’s lips at the moment.”