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Romelu Lukaku has bid ‘ciao’ to Manchester United and, ermm, oddly, nobody came in to replace him. Instead, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer placed his faith in a trio of players who he hoped would have the net rippling for United this season. And, well, it hasn’t gone too well.
In fact, it’s gone rather terribly.
The decision to sanction the departure of a man who scored 42 goals in his 96 matches for the club didn’t seem all too bizarre when the overriding feeling among United supporters was one of immense jubilation – especially when considering the £73m received for him.
That was, however, with the idea in mind someone else would come through the door to fill the Belgian’s 15-goal-a-season boots. Yet, instead, that role was bestowed upon an exciting and ambitious 17-year-old who, for intents and purposes, has no experience, track-record or is anywhere near starting up front for the nation sitting in top spot on the FIFA World Rankings.
Therefore, investment is (once again) required at Old Trafford. But, who should they get and who shouldn’t they get? Moreover, who should they look at, but most likely will come nowhere near securing? Here’s who.
Yes, it’s the name on everyone’s lips at the moment. And if you sift through the vast majority of murmurs emitting from both England and Italy, then United are in pole position to end the Croatian’s role as seat-warmer at Juventus.
Essentially, what United need is a striker to upset opposing defences and make a nuisance of himself in the box, and create more opportunities for their midfielders in the final third. The best form of attack against the Red Devils at present is defence, purely because when gifting United time on the ball, their painful lack of creativity is so glaringly highlighted, normally resulting in them surrendering possession and being hit on the counter-attack.
Mandzukic is no spring chicken at the age of 33 – far from it. However, as a short-term fix in a side that has failed to score more than once in a match since the opening Premier League fixture, his is someone who can support approach play and ruffle feathers in opposition penalty boxes.
As a quick fix, there are precious few othe
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