Similar to last winter, despite recruiting Rasmus Hojlund through a contract worth 72 million pounds, Manchester United is still planning to strengthen the striker position. Anthony Martial is no longer reliable and has a long-term injury, and although Marcus Rashford can play as a number 9, his forte is still on the wing and the striker has declined sharply this season.
Therefore, Man Utd plans to prioritize recruiting a central striker in the winter transfer window. In addition, coach Erik Ten Hag also wants to strengthen the central defender position, a relatively reasonable move when looking at the number of injuries Man Utd has in the defense this season.
Currently, the Red Devils are targeting Bayern Munich striker duo Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller at the same time, even though the German star just renewed his contract not long ago. According to Athletic, Man Utd’s sights are completely on the Bundesliga, because the other potential targets they are aiming for are also playing in this tournament. One of them is the case of Timo Werner, who planned to leave in the winter because he could no longer play regularly at RB Leipzig.
At the same time, the Red Devils may also decide to invest in Serhou Guirassy – who is exploding under the Stuttgart shirt with 17 goals in 14 Bundesliga matches this season.
Very quickly, one of the plans outlined by Man Utd soon went bankrupt when Werner became a rookie at Tottenham Hotspur through a loan contract. In fact, there is a high possibility that all of the Red Devils’ plans for the winter transfer window will not be implemented, because Ten Hag also recently confirmed the difficulties of the Financial Fairness Law.
“I looked at signing a striker, but there was no space left on the FFP (Financial Fair Play) to do something about the shortage of strikers.”
“Of course, we have Rashford, who can play as a striker. I think, we also have some other alternatives, creative players. But obviously, now Martial has to rest.” playing a few weeks, or a few months, it’s a gap in our squad.”, Ten Hag discussed in the press conference before the match against Newport County.
Obviously, if you have considered the plan of using Rashford and other players as strikers, Ten Hag is ready for the prospect of “empty-handed” in the Eastern market. Obviously, when quality central strikers have become scarce, it would be an “impossible” task for Man Utd to ask to borrow a top striker to improve their attack.
If it is not possible to strengthen the striker position – the most obvious weakness in the current squad, it will not be too surprising if Man Utd cannot recruit any central defenders.
Huynh Phong | 21:25 January 30, 2024