Manchester United is a club in crisis. Manchester United have been below par in their performances over the past few seasons. United has got a lot of issues both on and off the field. Manchester United had 2 managers last season who both ended up leaving united. The first one got fired while the second one left owing to boardroom drama.
One positive aspect of last season was the return of their star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo returned to United in style. Until the last moment, everyone thought the Portuguese were set to join the Blue side of Manchester but he opted to return to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo’s second spell at Old Trafford hasn’t been that fruitful. In spite of having proven goalscorers like Ronaldo Manchester United struggled to finish in the top 4. United finished 6th in the table meaning this season they will have to play in the Europa league.
With the start of the season, Manchester United appointed a new manager in Erik Ten Hag. Since the arrival of Ten Hag, there were rumors of Ronaldo wanting to leave. Finally, Ronaldo informed Manchester United of his decision to leave Old Trafford in search of Champions League football. However United are still firm on their stance, Ronaldo has a contract for 2 years and he must fulfill it. But the real question over here is who can replace Ronaldo at United.
Over here in this article, we will provide 3 names (strikers) who can replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United and also revive the sleeping Red Devils.
3 Strikers who can replace Cristiano Ronaldo
1. Victor Osimhen from Napoli
The 23-year-old Nigerian is a top talent in world football. Osimhen is quick enough to catch teams on the counterattack. Osimhen has been in fine form for Napoli in Serie A. He has scored 32 goals and bagged 6 assists in last season’s campaign. Osimhen will be a perfect addition to Erik Ten Hag’s system as he is even good with hold-up play.
With Napoli losing many star players over the course of this transfer window it would be a tough deal to crack in order to get Osimhen.
According to Transfer market reports Osimen is valued at over 80 million. Manchester United will have to act quickly if they want to get him to Old Trafford as many big European clubs are behind Osimhen.
2. Wissam Ben Yedder from Monaco
With Manchester United’s obsession with signing players above 30 years, our next pick perfectly fits the bill. According to a few reports in France Manchester United is linked with Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder. The 32-year-old France striker has a journey of his own in Europe. He started with Toulouse.
Ben Yedder came into the limelight when played for Sevilla in LaLiga. For Sevilla, he was a constant threat and a proven goalscorer. With Sevilla, the French international managed to score 70 goals and 22 assists.
Since his move to Monaco in the french league, Ben Yedder has evolved a lot. So far in 3 seasons with Monaco, he has scored 73 goals. Last Season was one best seasons for Wissam as he scored 32 goals and provided 10 assists in 52 matches.
With Ben Yedder Manchester United will get a solid proven goalscorer. He is equally good in aerial battles and also has the poacher instinct.
With a market valuation of approximately $30 million, he would neither be a replacement for Ronaldo nor a long-term option. However, he could be a suitable stopgap solution that would allow Ten Hag to begin constructing his system in his debut season.
3. Raul De Tomas from Espanyol
De Tomas is a Madrid product and has been pretty successful in LaLiga for Espanyol. De Thomas has emerged as a lethal striker upfront. He has managed to score 44 goals in 85 appearances for the Catalan club. With De Tomas Manchester united will get a lethal finisher upfront.
De Tomas has a release clause of 60 million in the current contract but according to the latest reports Espanyol is open to selling him for a cut price of 25 to 30 million.
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