Manchester United are preparing to pull off another blockbuster in the January transfer window, as their season under Erik ten Hag is in dire straits. Manchester United look set to revive their transfer ‘Plan B’ to solve their scoring problems.
The Red Devils have only scored 11 goals in the Premier League this season. Summer signing Rasmus Hojlund has not yet been able to score a goal in the domestic tournament. Due to their poor form in front of goal, Manchester United must now look to recruit reinforcements.
According to the Daily Mail, three players have so far been on their shortlist for January. Brentford striker Ivan Toney, Porto star Mehdi Taremi and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen are among those being targeted.
Taremi’s transfer would mark a desperate return to Plan B of the Red Devils. They had previously been eyeing a deal for the Iranian during the summer transfer window, as they were negotiating with Hojlund.
Atalanta have rejected a cash-plus-ex swap deal for the Denmark international. Instead, they only accept full cash transfers. With Ten Hag wanting to bring in a striker as soon as possible, Taremi was overlooked after reaching an agreement with Hojlund.
Now their interest has been piqued as Taremi has impressed in Portugal. He scored 80 goals in 160 appearances for Porto. Although with the Iranian now 31 years old, he may not be the long-term solution.
If the Taremi deal is restored, the player whose contract with Porto will expire at the end of the season will be the latest in a series of one-season strikers for the Red Devils. Edinson Cavani, Odion Ighalo and Wout Weghorst have all previously filled that role with varying degrees of success.
Cavani had a promising first season, but his second was plagued by injury. Meanwhile, both Ighalo and Weghorst appeared to be unable to complete the task. Ten Hag has asked for more from his strikers, while the Dutch coach is in need of reinforcements in January.
He spoke after the recent match:
“We did not take advantage of the opportunities in the transition moments. We have to practice harder so that our team can finish the match. Only this can help the players improve and Matches will become easier.
This week, we showed some examples of where we have too many positions that are overloaded. They moved well towards the opponent’s goal but we couldn’t score or even missed the target. We didn’t have much time to edit.”
Dang Nguyen | 08:07 November 3, 2023