Manchester United have the best defensive record in the entire Premier League this season but their lack of goals has become a very big concern for both Louis van Gaal and the United fans. The United manager has pinpointed pace across his attacking frontline as the solution to improving his side’s poor current goalscoring record.
In the summer transfer window, United signed two of European football’s hottest prospects in Dutch international Memphis Depay and French teenager Anthony Martial. Despite being second in both the Premier League and their Champions League group, United’s lacklustre displays this season have seen many people label them as “boring”.
With that criticism in mind, surely the upcoming January transfer window represents an ideal opportunity to bring someone in who can help United to improve offensively. Every United team over the years has had an attacker who can get the crowd on the edge of their seat, from Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs to Cristiano Ronaldo and even current skipper Wayne Rooney.
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Whether it’s during next month’s transfer window or next summer, United must try to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Everton’s attacking midfielder Ross Barkley.
Looking closer to home
The Red Devils have been linked with an immeasurable amount of players in recent months that includes: Nicolas Gaitan, Sergio Ramos and Edinson Cavani to name a few. However, I think that United could do just as well to look at the English talent currently catching the eye in the Premier League.
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The English duo of Harry Kane and Ross Barkley have been in fantastic form throughout the season and either would be a great long-term signing for Manchester United. Both of these young stars would add energy and dynamism to United’s attacking frontline in addition to top-class quality and guile in and around the box.
Why should Man United sign Harry Kane?
United are in desperate need of a regular goalscorer and Harry Kane certainly fits the bill, with eight Premier League goals so far this term to add to his 31 in all competitions last season. This tally of eight is more than Rooney, Martial and Memphis have managed combined.
Not only does Kane score lots of goals, but he scores all different types of goals as well. In addition to his goal threat, Kane is an instinctive finisher and his contribution to the current Tottenham team in terms of his work-rate is unbelievable. He runs around tirelessly, constantly hustling and harrying defenders and this trait would prove invaluable to Louis van Gaal’s team.
Despite being 22-years-old, Kane has been given the captain’s armband on several occasions by Mauricio Pochettino, which proves that he can handle the extra responsibility. As his reputation has grown, Kane’s performances haven’t dropped and he seems unfazed by the big games - he’s already scored against Manchester City and Arsenal this season.
Even United legend Paul Scholes expressed his admiration for Kane following United’s disappointing goalless draw with PSV Eindhoven. Kane is only going to get better over the coming months and years and there’s no doubt the English striker would be welcomed with open arms by United’s fans if he were to move to Old Trafford.
Why should Man United sign Ross Barkley?
Barkley would be a huge signing for the Red Devils because he isn’t afraid to express himself on the pitch, even if it means losing possession of the ball on occasions. Under Van Gaal’s rigid philosophy, it is vital that someone plays with creativity and risk and Barkley is most definitely cut out for that role.
Ross Barkley has always been a raw talent with immense potential but he has begun to hone his strengths and add consistency to his overall game. Barkley is a natural no. 10 who is best positioned just off the main striker and the 21-year-old’s impressive vision has seen him weigh in with four Premier League assists this season, to add to his five league goals. He is starting to prove why both Everton boss Roberto Martinez and England manager Roy Hodgson rate him so highly.
The England international, who was an ever-present in his country’s very successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, is as dangerous as anyone when he picks up the ball on the half-turn and runs with it. Barkley’s appreciation of space is second to none, he possesses a neat set of skills, a good turn of pace and he is probably the best long-range striker of a ball in the country.
Should Van Gaal go for Barkley and Kane? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!