It looks certain that Robert Lewandowski will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer. But will he be heading to Old Trafford?
Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be a big admirer of the Pole, as rumours of his interest surfaced in the build-up to Euro 2012. Poland coach, Franciszek Smuda even stated that Lewandowski would join United after the tournament.
The Red Devils instead opted for the signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal, and the Dutchman has been a revelation since movin g to Manchester, helping his side top the Premier League.
Despite United’s excellent season so far, the rumours regarding Lewandowski refuse to die down.
The real question is; do United actually need him?
The Red Devils have been a different proposition this season; a visibly hungrier outfit following last season’s final day heartbreak, and Van Persie has helped add a new dimension and maturity to United’s attacking play. The former Arsenal man offers a more direct outlet with his ability to score all types of goals, contributing 19 in 26 league appearances.
Alongside Van Persie, Wayne Rooney has been in great form of late and Javier Hernandez has rediscoverd the form of his first season at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck has found his first team opportunities limited, but his recent performance in the Bernabeu hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The rest of the side have chipped in too, United have 17 different scorers in the league with notable contributions from Patrice Evra and Jonny Evans, making United more threatening going forward than they have been for some time.
Lewandowski’s arrival would have serious implications for the rest of the United frontline, especially Welbeck and Hernandez who find minutes hard to come by as it is.
It’s important for a side to continue to strengthen, especially when they reach the top, and adding more firepower to an already impressive armoury would be a signal of intent to United’s challengers.
It may even help get the best out of Shinji Kagawa, but the implications for Hernandez and Welbeck means this deal is in the balance.
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