Manchester United do not need Christian Benteke

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Manchester United have been linked with a January move for £30million-rated Aston Villa star Christian Benteke - but do the Premier League champions actually need another striker?

Former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson was incensed on having four strikers on his books who were capable of making a major impact on the outcome of a game.

Just look at United's quartet of strikers in their 1998/99 treble-winning season.

When the first-team pairing of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke were underperforming, injured or just in need of a rest - Ferguson would be able to call on Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fast forward to last season and Ferguson had a formidable striking line up of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.

New manager David Moyes still has the same group of strikers at his disposal so is there really any point of adding a fifth forward to his ranks.

Benteke is a quality forward who has the potential to become a world class finisher but he will only improve by playing games week-in, week-out.

At United however, Benteke would be restricted to appearances from the bench or would fill in when either Van Persie or Rooney were injured.

Even a striker as lethal as Hernandez is restricted to appearances from the substitutes' bench.

The 25-year-old Mexican international was limited to a handful of Premier League starts last year as Ferguson usually opted for a forward partnership with Rooney behind Van Persie.

Welbeck on the other hand only managed to garner a high amount of appearance due to his ability to play on either wing or behind the main striker.

Benteke is at his best when he plays as the target man; holding the ball up to bring his attacking teammates into play.

The Belgian's record of 28 goals in 50 appearances during last season's campaign would appease any footballer - particularly one that was playing for a side who were flirting with relegation.

If he can do that for a side like Aston Villa - just think what he could achieve at Old Trafford with the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Antonio Valencia and Nani delivering balls into the box.

However until one of United's current strikers moves onto pastures new - the Red Devils' pursuit of Benteke would not benefit either the player, Moyes or Manchester United.

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