Robert Lewandowski has been a revelation for Borussia Dortmund over the last few seasons. He along with Shinji Kagawa created a partnership which led the Germans to two consecutive league titles. But ever since his contract talks with Dortmund broke down, he has been linked with a move to Manchester United.
There has been speculation for a while now that Robert Lewandowski has even signed a pre contract with United for a move during the summer. For every football fan this move made no sense with United already having an attacking line up of Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Chicharito. Lewandowski coming into the side would only make selection headache to the manager and might cause unrest in the dressing room. But the team selection on Tuesday night has given a new insight into this issue.Lewandowski to replace Rooney?
Wayne Rooney for a while has been the main player for United around whom the team has been built. Enter Robin Van Persie, his goals, his work rate has over shadowed the contributions of Wayne Rooney over the course of this season. He is now the main man at United and he has lived up to the hype his transfer had generated. Though the combination of the two, when played together, has been a success so far, its easy to notice that Persie has had a barren patch in the last few matches without goals has coincided with Rooney’s returning to the team after a layoff with injury.
Next comes the Shinji Kagawa factor. RVP is a prolific goalscorer who can never be replaced and his stats speak for themselves. Whereas Rooney is known for his overall contribution to the side and is known to favour the position behind the striker, linking up play with the midfield. Kagawa has been played out of position this season but has proven his mettle before at Dortmund when played in the position where Rooney presently occupies. He is younger than Rooney and would do the same job as the English International. Moreover every fan who follows German football knows that the Lewandowski – Kagawa combination was lethal during their time at Dortmund and recreating that partnership at United would help the side fight on all frontiers.
Obviously having Rooney after purchase of Lewandowski would mean the selling of Welbeck or Chicharito but the former has clearly shown his inability to score many goals and is much preferred as a utility player who does all the dirty work rather than a striker who scores goals. He offers more flexibility than Rooney and would not mind sitting on the bench if required.
Chicharito on the other hand is the super sub for United and his contributions with someone like Lewandowski around him would be deadly. Lewandowski holding up the ball and passing it on for a run towards the goal by Chicharito should be a dream sight for every United fan who wants this transfer to happens. Rooney cannot be replaced by either of these two in terms of his talent but the duo add some additional value to the side which are priceless.
For all this to happen United need to sell Rooney who has also had some weight issues at the beginning of this season. The Rooney supporters might banter this idea but United fans need to remember the tantrums Rooney had put forth before his bumper contract in 2010. It is not a situation where he has been the Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes of the next generation in terms of loyalty. The deal would mean sense to both sides with PSG already interested in Rooney and a life in France would be hard for the former Evertonian to turn down.
Rooney might still stay and go on to work well with RVP but at the age of 28 and with a highest weekly wage at United, he certainly aint the most dependable player or a good investment for the near future. Signing of Lewandowski with the funds from Rooney transfer along with a central midfielder signing would just make United the strongest force in the English league for the next few seasons. Wait for the summer and Sir Alex will have some surprises up his sleeve, Red Devils.