Do Manchester United really need this signing?

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski

With the semi-finals of the Champions League just days away, Robert Lewandowski could be playing his last few games for Borussia Dortmund. With reports in the Telegraph suggesting that Manchester United are one of many teams interested in the forward, Lewandowski may be leaving Die Schwarzgelben. The Polish striker has scored 6 times in Europe’s elite competition, in what could be his swan song year at the German club.

Although Sir Alex Ferguson claims Bayern Munich are in pole position to sign the striker, Lewandowski has been rumoured to prefer a move to the Premier League. But with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all currently battling for a place in the United line-up, Lewandowski may not be guaranteed regular first team football. With 4 top forwards in the squad, the need for Lewandowski isn’t as high for United as it is for Chelsea or Arsenal, who have also expressed an interest in the Polish striker.

But Ferguson may be prepared to make room for Lewandowski, by selling Wayne Rooney. The English striker has been rumoured to be unhappy with his role in recent matches, after being deployed in midfield in United’s 2-0 win away at Stoke. With the Sun reporting that PSG are ready to use their financial powers to bring Rooney to the Parc des Princes, Ferguson may be prepared to listen to offers for their number 10, creating some space for Lewandowski.

Another forward that could be leaving Old Trafford is Javier Hernandez. The Mexican forward is rated highly by Sir Alex Ferguson, but with only 18 appearances to Hernandez’s name, 11 of which involving the striker coming off the bench, he may be prepared to find a club offering regular first team action. Despite being a fan of Hernandez, Ferguson may let the Mexican leave the club if he was to hand in a transfer request, again making more space for Dortmund’s star striker.

Even if Rooney and Hernandez left the club, Lewandowski still might not be guaranteed a move to Old Trafford. With reports in the Daily Mail suggesting Radamel Falcao could be signed by the soon-to-be crowned Premier League champions, Lewandowski may find his move to United being cancelled. Falcao’s 25 goals in just 29 league games this season has caught the attention of clubs around the world, after being the top scorer in the Europa League in both 2011 and 2012. With Chelsea and Manchester City being the other 2 English clubs linked with the Atletico Madrid striker, Ferguson may make Falcao his priority, to stop his rivals from signing him.

However, Ferguson may not even need to sign a new striker. In Robin van Persie’s first season at United, the Dutchman has scored 21 Premier League goals, helping the club to a total of 75 goals in the league with 4 games remaining. Scoring 14 more than second placed Manchester City, the Scottish manager may decide that he doesn’t need to change his attacking options, and instead focus on his defence. To do this, Ferguson would need to offer Wayne Rooney a new contract, and persuade Chicharito to stay for another season at the club.

But with Lewandowski and Falcao both seemingly available to purchase this summer, it seems unlikely that Sir Alex will allow both top strikers to potentially join their rivals. However, both forwards will want to be assured of their place in the team at Old Trafford if they were to move, which means United will have to decide on the future of both Rooney and Hernandez quickly, before Lewandowski and Falcao are tempted by offers else where. United’s league dominance shows that they don’t need Lewandowski, but the club could be tempted to sign him at the expense of a current Red Devil, in an attempt to further their supremacy of the Premier League for next season.

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