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Louis Saha believes Romelu Lukaku is perfect for Manchester United.

Louis Saha believes Romelu Lukaku is perfect for Manchester United

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The current Manchester United squad could do with a striker like Louis Saha - albeit a goalscorer less susceptible to injury than the retired Frenchman.

Saha had all the tools at his peak: he was strong, fast, intelligent and could finish thanks to that sweet left foot. However, United fans only saw glimpses of the forward at his best because he was so often sidelined.

Injuries would continue to plague Saha for the rest of his career and in August 2013 - on his 35th birthday - he announced his retirement from professional football.

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It probably won’t come as a huge surprise to hear that Saha thinks Manchester United should go out and sign a striker who, in many ways, is similar to the player he used to be.

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has so much more to his game than brute force - although he possesses power in abundance - he’s also clever, quick and composed inside the penalty area. Like Saha, he’s also blessed with a lethal left foot.

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Saha explains why Lukaku would suit United

"I have to admit that I rated him highly when he was at Chelsea, when he was young. I could see he was not ready [at Chelsea], but now he has performed really well at Everton," Saha exclusively told IBTimes UK at the recent ILOVEUNITED event in Mumbai.

Saha firmly believes that United, who have been linked with a host of high-profile forwards in recent months, should make Lukaku their number one striker target this summer.

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"And definitely he will bring something to the United side because he is strong, he has got that presence to trouble the central defenders,” the former France international added. “With someone like Lukaku on United's side, especially his presence around the box, along with (Anthony) Martial playing on the left and (Wayne) Rooney also linking with the Lukaku, it will be great.

"It will be nice to have him at United. In terms of strikers, in terms of options, in terms of diversity and attacking options, Lukaku will be a right fit for United."

United need one more striker this summer

Manchester United were left short in attack by Louis van Gaal’s decision to offload Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Javier Hernandez last summer.

The goalscoring burden subsequently fell on captain Wayne Rooney, who has struggled for consistency this season, and 20-year-old summer signing Anthony Martial.

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Marcus Rashford has caught the eye in recent weeks but, as was evident in the 1-0 defeat against West Brom on Sunday, the 18-year-old still has much to learn.

Lukaku would be a huge coup for United, but the chances of Everton selling one of their best players this summer are slim.

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With the significant increase in TV money, even the biggest Premier League clubs will find it increasingly difficult to sign players from their domestic rivals.

Which striker should Manchester United sign this summer? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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