Four strikers who could replace Robin van Persie at Manchester United

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It is common knowledge that Manchester United are currently short of options in the forward position.

With Radamel Falcao moving on after his underwhelming loan spell at the club, Javier Hernandez being ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken collarbone and Robin van Persie looking set to leave, the options are only getting worse.

With the club likely to start the season with only two recognised strikers in Wayne Rooney and James Wilson, Louis van Gaal will more than likely enter the market for a big-name goal-scorer.


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Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain, Harry Kane and Alexandre Lacazette have all been linked, but who would suit Manchester United best?

We take a look at United's options

Edinson Cavani

Cavani is rumoured to be unsettled at PSG due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic being regularly used as the main striker, leading to the Uruguayan being pushed out wide.

Despite often being played out of position, his goalscoring record is excellent, as it was when he was playing in his preferred position as striker for previous club Napoli.

At the age of 28, Cavani is in the peak of his career and Manchester United could do a lot worse than bringing the talented star to Old Trafford.

Gonzalo Higuain

Higuain is a proven striker across Europe and has a great goalscoring record for every club he has turned out for. He is currently Napoli's star player so it is unlikely they would want to sell, however, if Manchester United came in with a large bid and the player wanted to leave, the Napoli board could change their minds.

Despite being heavily criticised for a bad miss in the final minute of the Copa America final, Higuain would be a great fit for United who require a proven goalscorer to put together a strong title challenge for the upcoming season.

Harry Kane

Kane enjoyed an outstanding campaign at Tottenham last season, scoring 21 goals in the Premier League, with only Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scoring more.

Despite a poor showing for England in the European Under-21 Championships this summer, Kane is one of England's greatest prospects for the years ahead. He has been linked with a move to Manchester United ever since the season ended, however, after just one season in the spotlight, many believe it would be wise for Kane to stay at Tottenham for at least another year to prove his great form last season was not just a one-off.

Although Kane would more than likely be a great signing for Manchester United, at this moment in time they may be better off moving for another one of their targets.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette of Lyon is another striker who is supposedly on Louis van Gaal's radar. The French forward's goalscoring record for Lyon in Ligue 1 last season was almost single-handedly the reason for them qualifying for the Champions League.

With 31 goals in just 40 games, there is no doubt Lacazette would increase the firepower up front were he to sign for Manchester United this summer.

Lacazette is not short of admirers at the moment, with many of Europe's top clubs looking at him. He is very quick and many believe he would link up well with Wayne Rooney in Manchester United's attack.

At the age of 24, the France international still has his best years ahead of him; therefore if Manchester United are eager to sign him, they would be advised to act quickly in order to stop other suitors from trying to prise him away from Lyon before they get an opportunity.

It has not yet been confirmed whether or not Robin van Persie is to leave Manchester United, however, it is looking more and more likely, especially as the Turkish club Fenerbahce have confirmed ongoing talks.

However, whether Van Persie stays or goes, United will more than likely still attempt to bring in another striker who would increase the firepower up front which has not been the strongest over the past two seasons.

Either one of the strikers mentioned previously that have been linked with a move to Old Trafford would be a great signing for the club and would no doubt be welcomed with open arms by the Manchester United fans. 

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