Anthony Martial will be out of action for at least 10 weeks after groin injury surgery. According to Goal, the injury put an end to Martial’s career with the Red Devils. The Old Trafford team certainly will not activate the extension clause and let him leave for free at the end of the season.
It is expected that Martial can return in early April when Man Utd welcomes Liverpool at the “Theater of Dreams”. However, coach Erik Ten Hag now only has Rasmus Hojund as a pure number 9 in his hands. That prompted Man Utd to bring in a new striker.
Manchester United is said to be planning to recruit Espanyol striker Martin Braithwaite. Spanish news agency Marca claims the Red Devils are participating in a race with Chelsea to lure the 32-year-old player to the Premier League this month.
Man United is ‘exploring the possibility’ of completing the deal in the final days of the winter transfer window. However, Man United is not expected to replace the French player with an expensive deal, in the context of their difficulties with Financial Fair Play (FFP).
Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are mentioned. Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee was also linked with a move to Old Trafford mid-season, but Man United will have to spend more than 40 million euros to complete the deal.
Therefore, Braithwaite is considered the suitable option. Coach Erik ten Hag himself affirmed: “We consider short-term options. Marcel Sabitzer and Wout Weghorst performed well last season. They helped the team succeed.”
The 32-year-old striker played for Barcelona for two and a half years, lasting until the summer of 2022. He made 58 appearances for the Catalan club and scored 10 goals. That performance was not convincing, but the Danish striker is playing well in the Spanish Second Division.
He is the top scorer in Segunda Division with 12 goals in 22 matches. However, is Braithwaite the right number 9 for Man Utd? He was even compared to Wout Weghorst. In other words, the success of this deal is not guaranteed.
Man United does not rule out making any breakthrough, as long as it is cheap or with a loan option in the winter market due to concerns about FFP. But, Signing a player like Braithwaite makes no sporting sense.
He is definitely not the caliber of player to lead Man United’s attack. Even the Red Devils will become better if they put Scott McTominay in the center position. Many times this season, McTominay played high and scored important goals.
Meanwhile, Braithwaite feels like he is clumsy, clumsy and difficult to succeed in the Premier League environment. Instead, Man Utd should spend money to bring in a more classy striker in the summer of 2024.
Tieu Lam | 23:18 January 30, 2024