Robert Lewandowski proved why he is one of the hottest properties on the market with his recent four goal destruction of Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals at the Westfalonstadion. Another successful season for Borussia Dortmund has all but assured his departure from the club.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with the Pole and Alex Ferguson has long been an admirer of the player's exploits. With Wayne Rooney edging closer towards a new long-term deal to remain at Old Trafford, signing Lewandowski would merely be a disruptive influence.
Shinji Kagawa, a former teammate of Lewandowski's, will be desperate to start the 2013/14 season without interruption as he looks to cement his place in the starting XI. An increase in playing time is all the Japanese international needs to recapture the form he had a Dortmund, which saw him become the Bundesliga Player of the Season.
With Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez also being a constant presence in the front line this season, there would be a limited amount of games for two prodigious talents to continue to develop next campaign.
Furthermore, Lewandowski and Robin van Persie have very similar playing styles. Both players haven't been gifted with lightning pace, but their tactical awareness is superb. They like to play on the shoulder of the last defender and their changes of pace tend to catch even the most mobile of defenders flat-footed. Their first touch is incredible and they are two of the very best in front of goal.
Consequently, Van Persie and Lewandowski would find it difficult to play together as they would take up similar positions on the pitch. This could be a detriment to the team as a whole as the balance of the side would be greatly affected.
Van Persie only signed in the summer of 2012 and has continued his impressive form with the Red Devils to capture a 20th league crown for the club. The 29-year-old Dutchman is in his prime and the arrival of Lewandowski would reduce the service he has been getting as the focal point of United's attack.
Instead of Ferguson unnecessarily reinforcing United's forward line, he should focus his efforts on improving the midfield. The collective poor form of the wingers at the club may be a worry to Sir Alex and a high-profile replacement in that department would go a long way in returning Manchester United to European glory once more.
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