Manchester United: The Next No.9?

The famous Manchester United number nine shirt is currently vacant but you have to assume that it won’t be long before it’s filled.

Louis van Gaal is clearly assessing his squad in America before deciding whether that shirt should go to a current member of the squad or to a new signing.

We think that there are two main ways that this could go. Manchester United will promote a specific player from within or sign one of the world’s best strikers.

Danny Welbeck

If LvG does decide to promote from within then Danny Welbeck is the obvious candidate for the number nine shirt at Manchester United.

He gave a brilliant performance against LA Galaxy and although that’s just one game it does bode well for the future. He seems to have kicked on again since last season in terms of technique, physique and overall maturity.

We believe that he is exactly the sort of player who could thrive under LvG’s tutelage and he could well get the nod for the number nine.

Edinson Cavani

If Manchester United do decide to invest in another centre forward this summer then Edison Cavani seems like one of the more feasible options. Reports on Friday suggested that United are in talks for the player.

He spoke recently about his love of The Premier league and appears open to a move.

Cavani looks like a man of passion and perhaps he’s not getting enough of an adrenaline kick playing in France. The Premier League would welcome him with open arms.

We think that he would be an explosive goal machine for Manchester United. The question is how
LvG would fit Van Persie, Cavani and Rooney into the same side, as they should all surely be starters.

But Manchester United may lose Javier Hernandez this summer and, if they do, they could well add another striker. They don’t come much better than Cavani.

Let’s take a look at Edinson in action. Manchester United fans: do you think that these two are the favourites for the jersey next season?