Manchester United are in need of reinforcing their squad in the January transfer window if they are
to recover from their recent winless run and re-embark their title challenge.
The Reds’ recent downturn in form can be attributed to their lack of goals – they are the lowest
scorers in the top nine and have only found the back of the net three times on their current run of six Premier League games without a victory.
Whilst they have enjoyed the lion’s share of possession against the majority of teams, it has been their inability to break opponents down in the final third that has cost them.
The injury to Wayne Rooney – despite him not being at his best this season – has still been a blow
to Louis van Gaal’s attacking options.
What the Dutchman needs is a livewire striker who can carve out goalscoring opportunities in and
around the penalty area.
Here are five attacking options that Manchester United should consider during the transfer window:
Jamie Vardy has enjoyed an astronomical ascent up the footballing pyramid, culminating in being capped by his country and setting the new record for scoring in consecutive Premier League fixtures.
The former non-league star’s relentless running would put opposition defenders under pressure and
help the Reds to win possession further up the field.
He has shown a real knack for goal, scoring 15 league goals at the midpoint of the season.
A move to Old Traffordwould complete his rise to the top and if he could carry his good form with him up the M6 then his tireless attitude could endear him to the fans the way that Carlos Tevez did during his tenure at United.
You would have to doubt whether or not Javier Hernandez would consider a move back to the club
that let him leave for £6 million last summer, but he would certainly be welcomed back by the terraces.
The Mexican was a fan favourite during his first few seasons with United yet struggled to work his
way into Louis van Gaal’s first team plans. He was loaned out to Real Madrid last year and sold to Bayer Leverkusen at the start of this campaign, never having an extended period to impress the Dutchman.
He is a fox in the box and his penalty area poaching has yielded 11 Bundesliga goals already since his arrival in Germany.
Many Manchester United fans would love to see Chicharito back at Old Trafford and a change in
management could well pave the path for that possibility.
France international Loic Remy could be a great addition in Manchester where he could link-up with
national teammate Anthony Martial.
His lack of game time at Chelsea would make him inclined to a move away from Stamford Bridge if the right club made an offer, and – as he has shown when he has played regularly in the Premier League – he is a prolific goalscorer.
He bettered a goal every other game during his only full season at Newcastle and given half a
chance he could replicate that form again and help United launch a late charge for the title.
If Jose Mourinho was to take the reins at the Old Trafford club then one of his first acts as manager could be to re-sign Romelu Lukaku, who he sold to Everton when he was the Chelsea boss.
The 22-year-old Belgian’s ever-improving reputation as one of the most fearsome strikers in the
English game will have him on the transfer wish list of many Champions League clubs.
His physicality can cause defensive headaches and his link-up play would make him an ideal
spearhead for the United attack.
Harry Kane was the top scorer in the Premier League in 2015 and that feat could be rewarded with a move to Manchester United. Red Devils fans certainly wouldn’t say no to the arrival of the England international.
At just 22 years of age he has the world at his feet and, despite Tottenham’s impressive league form this season, a transfer to one of the biggest clubs in the land could be key for the next stage of his career.
Whether with the ball at his feet or challenging in the air Kane is a threat to opposition goalkeepers and he could be just the player to provide United with a steady stream of goals in the second half of the season.
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