A no-brainer: Man United signing this red hot Serie A star in the summer would be pure gold and here’s why

Manchester United opinion: Should United sign Duvan Zapata?

Manchester United have had a poor season in front of goal this campaign with star striker Romelu Lukaku finding the net just 13 times in 35 games. Manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has preferred Marcus Rashford up top since his arrival and the Belgian has fallen out of favour, with a move away from the club likely in the summer.

Manchester United would make a brilliant decision if they were to move for Atalanta’s hitman Duvan Zapata.

The Colombian has been in red hot form for the Italian club this campaign, having scored 21 times in all competitions so far. Zapata has been brilliant for Atalanta this season and has caught the attention of a lot of people.

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The 27-year-old expressed his love for Manchester United’s rivals Arsenal in an interview in January but Manchester United should surely make a move for the Colombian to solve their woes up front.

Zapata started his Serie A stint with Napoli after a move in 2013. The Colombian failed to take the starting spot of Gonzalo Higuain despite scoring 11 goals in 16 stars for the club in the Serie A.

Frustrated with the lack of starts, Zapata moved on loan to Udinese, where he scored 18 goals in two seasons for the club.

He then moved to Sampdoria in 2017 on a season-long loan. The 27-year-old scored 11 times for the club in 31 appearances but was again loaned out at the start of this season to Atalanta.

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Zapata started slowly this campaign with just 1 goal in his first 13 league games for the club. However, he started his scary streak against his former club Napoli, a week before Christmas.

The 27-year-old has been deadly since the game against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, having failed to score in just three games since. Zapata was on form against Udinese, against whom he scored a magnificent hat-trick.

He continued his form as he found the net in each of his next 6 games for the club, including 4 goals against Frosinone in January.

Zapata became the first player to score 4 goals in a game for Atalanta since the early 1950s. His current form is mind blowing, especially after considering his previous record in the Serie A over the years.

Zapata is just 3 goals behind former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, who leads the top scorers’ chart with 19 goals. Zapata will have to continue his form if he intends to win the Capocannoniere and would be the club’s first since Filippo Inzaghi in 1996.

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Manchester United will be winning a lottery if they were to sign Duvan Zapata in the summer and the Red Devils will have found a brilliant solution for Lukaku’s woes in front of goal.

Based on his form this season, it is a no-brainer for United to make a move for Zapata and he will be a huge success in the Premier League.

Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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