Manchester United’s front line looks way too thin, at this point, to win silverware this season.
Of United’s attacking options, Wayne Rooney is top class. But, beyond that, you have a supporting cast which doesn’t convince.
Mata struggles to impact big games on the right of the front three. Young is a great athlete but not a great footballer. Depay isn’t being used on the wing, where he is clearly best positioned. Chicharito is a solid player but there would be major concerns if Wazza got injured and the Mexican was asked to lead the line at the business end of the season.
Beyond that you have the exciting, yet raw and inexperienced talents of Wilson, Januzaj and Pereira.
For our money, Manchester United don’t just need a good addition to the front line – they need a game changing addition. Someone of the ilk of Sanchez, Bale or Ronaldo.
That’s easier said than done you might opine.
There is one potentially gettable player out there who ticks all the boxes. But, for some reason, Manchester United don’t seem that keen on Marco Reus.
The German international signed a new contract with his club in February which expires in 2019. But this could easily be seen as a mutual agreement to keep his market value high in the case of his inevitable departure, with Real Madrid said to be a serious suitor.
Nicknamed ‘Woody’ by team mates, he’s lightning fast. Tick. He has end product to go with the guile and groundspeed. Tick. He’s coming into his prime and isn’t currently at one of the Big 5 European giants. Tick. He scores loads of goals, can play anywhere across the front line and is as two-footed a player as you will see. SO WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?
Unless Manchester United are making a brilliantly covert move for the player and have, for once, done so without the media getting wind of it, then it looks if he isn’t being considered for Old Trafford.
But it’s difficult to think of a better player for Manchester United’s needs, who isn’t already at one of the top 5 clubs in the world.
He’s 26. He’s got 54 goals in 125 games for a Dortmund side which seriously struggled last season. 9 goals in 25 games for Germany and he would have been a nailed on starter for The World Cup winners in Brazil had he not been injured on the eve of the tournament.
Come on Louis. You do the math mate. You need pace and creativity up top and out wide. So what’s the hold up with Woody?
Manchester United fans: Can you think of a better realistic addition this summer?