Forget Zlatan And Rooney – Here Are 3 Forwards Manchester United Should Target In The January Transfer Window

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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United find themselves in a troublesome position after 11 games into the season. The Portuguese manager brought in his choice of players in the summer, but none of them has had a telling impact on the team. Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Bailly have impressed in short bursts and although Ibrahimovic scored 2 goals in their recent 3-1 win against Swansea, he endured a barren run of 6 games without a goal prior to that.

Mourinho’s major problems, of course, lie in attack. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford too have been subpar this season and all this has had a negative impact on the team’s dynamics. Wayne Rooney has been completely out of sorts, whereas Henrikh Mkhitaryan has barely got a look in due to his inability to adapt to the Premier League’s demands – as mentioned by the manager. Mourinho though remains optimistic heading into the Arsenal game at Old Trafford. It will be a test of his team’s character and also a test of his strike force as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out owing to suspension.

Everyone including Mourinho is of the opinion that Manchester United need another transfer window or two, at the very least, in order to have a squad that is capable of challenging for the Premier League title. Many thought it would be possible this season, with the acquisitions of the 4 superstars that were brought in, but that hasn’t quite materialised. A good example for this would be how Jurgen Klopp needed this summer’s transfer window to get a real grip on how his team looked and played. The players he brought in have been brilliant and everyone has taken to Klopp’s methods like fishes to water.

With Manchester United’s strike force looking depleted at times, Jose Mourinho should explore into signing any of these 3 super forwards –

Antoine Griezmann

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January is definitely a tough time to bring in quality players and players of high order are usually on the move only in the summer. Speaking particularly, Griezmann had a great introduction to the world stage after a few impressive seasons at Atletico Madrid, which was followed by a wonderful performance at this year’s Euro tournament which was staged in his home country of France. At the tournament, he went on to score 6 goals. This made him the top scorer at the Euro’s and also earned him the ‘Best player award’ at the tournament.

Although Atletico might be hesitant to let go of him in January, United should still make a move as he would add something to the lineup that they are currently missing. With his pace, he can run behind the opposition defences and this is something that is clearly missing when Ibrahimovic plays. Griezmann himself might not be interested in the move as United don’t have Champions League football to offer and they currently sit in 6th place, which might not even assure them of a Europa League berth. One thing that could go in United’s way is that Griezmann has voiced  his intentions to play on the same club team as Pogba and the world’s most expensive player could prove to be pivotal in convincing Griezmann to make the move to Old Trafford.


Written by Vamsi Krishna

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