Three world-class strikers Man United can sign to solve attacking crisis
Manchester United opened the season with a 4-0 win over Chelsea but that feels like it was years ago. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was expected to bring back attacking football to Old Trafford but barring their first match, United have scored just 5 league goals and have conceded 8 in 7 games.
The Red Devils have gone 11 games without scoring more than a goal since the win over Chelsea. That’s either a one-goal performance or a shutout for every game in about two months.
Solskajer failed to replace the outbound Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku – both players joined Inter Milan in the summer transfer window. To make matters worse, United are facing a crisis with injuries in the attack.
The Red Devils’ main striker Anthony Martial is out for weeks and Marcus Rashford has clearly lacked confidence in the final third in the past few games.
However, let’s have a look at the three players Solksjaer must buy in the winter transfer window to bolster his attacking options.
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City
Vardy is a proven striker in the Premier League and has guided Leicester to an unbelievable title win in 2015. He has scored 24, 13, 20 and 18 goals over the last four seasons in the league.
He will turn 33 in January and the Foxes could be tempted to sell him if a suitable offer is made by United.
Signing him wouldn’t be a long-term solution but the Englishman has the pace to trouble any defence for the next few seasons. Vardy has already scored five goals and assisted once in the league this term.
Callum Wilson, Bournemouth
Wilson is one of the most underrated strikers in the Premier League but has the knack of being at the right place at the right time. He’s far from prolific but he is coming off a 14-goal campaign in the Premier League last season and already has five this term.
He’s quick, unselfish and he would thrive in the box for United. There are chances Bournemouth may demand a high fee for the 27-year-old but he can give United a 20-goal tally in a season.
Mario Mandzukic, Juventus
Mandzukic has proven himself a great threat in the air and will be a great asset for Manchester United in set-pieces, where the Red Devils have struggled the most.
As per The Metro, United have already reached a verbal agreement with the 33-year-old striker. Mandzukic is clearly not in Maurizio Sarri’s plans at Juventus, as the former has been out of the Old Lady’s Champions League squad.
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Solving all the issues in January will be almost impossible but as the capture of Harry Maguire shows, one big signing could yet have a transformative effect on United’s remaining season.