With recent reports linking the Polish hit-man with a big-money move to the English champions, we look at why the man who managed 36 goals in 48 games last term wouldn’t fit into David Moyes’ team.
There’s no doubting the ability of the 24-year-old, his first leg semi-final performance against Real Madrid alone showed how on his day there is arguably no better striker in world football, and it was this game that won over any critics he had, as well as pushing up his price tag significantly. Anyone that can torment the likes of Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane the way he did deserves all the plaudits that come his way.
As well as this, German football has set Europe alight this season, with the eventuality of the first all-German final in Champions League history, it’s no wonder that Lewandowski is being linked with the likes of the two Manchester sides, and current European champions, Dortmund’s big Bundesliga rivals, Bayern Munich.
So surely £25million for a player who traditionally speaking has four years until he reaches his best, would be a fantastic piece of business for the English champions. However, this is not the case.
If the new United boss is to look at how to go about strengthening his team, the Pole should be far down on his list of potential newcomers.
The main reason for this being just three letters long; RVP. After the huge disappointment of losing the English Premier League title to the ‘noisy neighbours’.
Sir Alex knew he had to bring in a huge name to regain the championship for a record 20th time, and this is exactly what he did with the signing of former Arsenal hero Robin van Persie, a man who to an extent carried the Gunners to a top four place multiple times in his time there.
Now it is widely believed by many football fans that the signing of RVP was the key to United’s most recent success, and even suggestions that if the Dutchman had chosen the blue side of Manchester instead, the title would’ve stayed in the hands of the Citizens.
Now when comparing the two centre forwards, one thing in the Pole’s favour is his age. Lewandowski is 24, whereas RVP is nearing 30, and in many cases this would have a huge influence on the decision, but not in this instance, and this is why: RVP has never possessed the blistering pace, or the ability to go past a man that we see with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, but instead has one important attribute; an eye for goal.
Unlike pace, quick footwork, and even strength, the ability to put the ball in the back of the net is a trait that strikers just don’t lose over time - you don’t have to look any further than another former Manchester United great, and fellow Dutchman, Ruud van Nistlerooy for evidence of this.
As long as RVP is scoring, he will be the main man at Old Trafford.
The use of a single striker in a 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation is something that is used vastly in English football today.
With RVP’s inevitability to score goals, Lewandowski will spend most of his time wearing Federico Macheda’s no. 27 shirt, warming up the seat previously occupied in the same fashion by England legend Michael Owen just two seasons ago, until eventually having enough of his role at the club, and inevitably moving on to another club for a considerably smaller fee than he was brought in for.
In nearly all cases, being likened to RVP would be something worth shouting about, however on this occasion, it would prove to have a negative effect on one of Europe’s most in-demand players.
With Lewandowski being so similar to Van Persie in terms of where he can play and what he brings to the team, the Champions League runner-up is highly unlikely to become United’s main man any time soon, and that quite simply would not be good enough for him.
All in all, as bizarre as it sounds, leaving Borussia Dortmund for the English Premier League champions would in a way be a step down for him, and could very easily become the biggest mistake of Lewandowski’s career.
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