When things start going wrong at Manchester United, the Red Devils often look to the signing of a shiny new centre-forward.
They did it with Robin van Persie, a man who ultimately won them the Premier League, before adding legends of the game in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo to their ranks further down the line.
United could now be about to replicate those deals by luring a certain Robert Lewandowski to the Premier League this summer.
That’s the word of German journalist Christian Falk who took to Twitter on Friday morning to report the following.
He said: “TRUE. ManUtd is interested in @lewy_official for summer if the negotiations between Lewandowski and Bayern for a new contract would fail.”
This would be a remarkable signing and even if the Poland international is no spring chicken anymore at the age of 33, his goalscoring record is utterly phenomenal.
If Man United fail to win the Champions League this season it will only extend their lengthy trophy drought but with Lewandowski in their team, the good times could come flooding back to Old Trafford in double-quick time.
That tally is no fluke, however, as the devastating finisher has found the net on more than 40 occasions in each of his last seven seasons.
His remarkable consistency in front of goal has to be admired and he has quite rightfully been showered with praise over the last 48 hours.
The former Dortmund man scored a 12-minute hat-trick against RB Salzburg in the Champions League only a few days ago, leading talkSPORT radio host Laura Woods to suggest that it was a “robbery” that he didn’t win the Ballon d’Or.
Meanwhile, former United defender Rio Ferdinand added that he and Karim Benzema were the best number 9s in world football at the moment, even ahead of Harry Kane.
Furthermore, Ronaldo Nazario thinks he’s still ahead of Erling Haaland, someone United have religiously been talked about signing. He said last month: “Haaland will become the No 1, but the other two (Benzema and Lewandowski) are better than him at the moment.”
Indeed, the very fact that the Pole has 12 more goals in the Bundesliga this term tells the story. Of course, Haaland has played fewer games but Lewandowski’s shot accuracy of 62% compared to the Dortmund centre-forward’s 55% is also more appealing. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves described his form as “breathtaking.”
Many will look to the age of Lewandowski as a negative, but on the evidence of this season, he is still very much one of, if not the best in the world.