Andy Cole believes both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford breaking the 20-goal-a-season milestone for Manchester United is long ‘overdue’.
The pair both broke the milestone during United’s 5-2 victory against Bournemouth at Old Trafford last weekend.
Martial now has 21 goals in 37 appearances so far this season while Rashford has also netted on 21 occasions in 33 appearances.
And Cole, who scored 121 goals in 275 appearances for the Old Trafford club, believes the pair should have already hit that target especially playing for a club like United.
“I’ll be honest, I think it’s overdue, considering the talent of the pair of them,” he told MUTV.
“I was very surprised that it was Martial’s first hat-trick in his career, very, very surprised.
“These kids have the talent to be getting these goals season in, season out. And if they don’t they’ve got to be asking themselves the question why they are not getting 20 goals a season.
“I look at the Premier League now, in my time playing you had to get 20 goals, there was no option, you had to give the club 20 goals.
“Now I see a lot of players finishing on 12, 13 goals and they are playing centre-forward.
“When you’re at a big club you’ve got to have someone who can get you 20, 25, 30 goals a season if you’re trying to win the Premier League or win in Europe.”
Cole also hailed the impact Bruno Fernandes has had on United since his arrival at the club in January.
He said: “I think it’s a massive plus. If you look since he’s come into the football club, the way he’s galvanised the players, ultimately he creates chances because he always wants to get on the ball.
“That makes it really good for a centre-forward because you know you’re guaranteed whatever movement you make he’s always looking to pass the ball forward and slip you in.
“Having Bruno in there and the reemergence of Paul Pogba as well, the way Paul has come back into the team has freed him up no end.
“And the last few games we’ve seen Paul play, you can see his quality, because he knows he’s playing with a quality midfield player that has a fantastic understanding who can create chances and score goals.”