Five striking options for Manchester United (Not so secret, LvG)

With Robin van Persie leaving and Javier Hernandez seemingly on his way out, talk is bouncing around the rumour pages of who Manchester United could be bringing in to compete with Wayne Rooney for the striking berth.

It seems as though Louis van Gaal is to opt for a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 in the coming season, meaning that any striker who arrives is likely to have to compete with Rooney rather than partner him in the 3-5-2 we saw for much of last season with Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie.

Top class strikers seem extremely hard to come by in the current market, but the draw of Manchester United means that no player is out of bounds. The current set of summer signings will make the pull of the club ever greater and the prospect of playing alongside Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata should attract any player.

Here are FIVE options for LvG…

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski

Despite his success at Bayern, Lewandowski is likely to still be available at the right price to United.

His goal scoring record continues to impress, but the role of a centre forward still seems somewhat unnatural to a team managed by Pep Guardiola. The presence of Lewandowski would offer something different to that of Rooney and would act as a focal point for the great attacking midfield talent around the squad.

One issue would be attracting Lewandowski to a team where he is not guaranteed to start.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema Liv

With the Benitez era beginning at Real, Benzema’s position could be under threat if the Spaniard is to use Cristiano Ronaldo in a number 9 role.

Benzema is one of the most underrated players in the world right now and continues to be overlooked for his contribution to the brilliance of Bale and Ronaldo. His link-up play with back to goal is exceptional and would be great at bringing the in runs beyond of his team-mates.

It will be a sharp expense if United are to target Real Madrid’s first choice striker, but he is probably the best option they have.

Charlie Austin

Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa - Barclays Premier League

As the second highest scoring Englishman in the league last season, Austin has demonstrated his ability at the top level in a weak side.

There are, inevitably, risks of the QPR man being a one season wonder, but his style of play would offer an alternative to what Rooney or Depay could offer as the lone centre forward. Austin has risen from non-league football to this standard and United would be taking a considerable risk in securing his addition, but he is likely to be more comfortable as a back-up than other options.

His standing in the game to this point means Austin would be more willing to bide his time to get into the starting line-up.

Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi

Inter’s Argentine striking star was the shining light in the Nerazzuri’s disappointing campaign last time around.

Icardi has had his fair share of attitude problems throughout his career, but is beginning to pick up interest from some of the top sides around Europe. As one of an incredibly strong Argentine striking unit, opportunities are international level are hard to come by but Icardi has the potential to become one of the best in the world.

Much like Austin, the Internazionale man may be more willing to wait for his chances while he establishes his name at the club.

Edinson Cavani


Since arriving at PSG, Cavani has been largely playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and would welcome the opportunity to play centrally more regularly elsewhere.

The move to Paris was clearly a money motivated one, but the Uruguayan probably expected more chances to play as centre forward than he has had so far. Unfortunately, Cavani has been largely utilised one the right-wing but he has still managed an impressive goal return.

His high work-rate and intense physical game should make the adaptation to the Premier League and easy one for Edinson.

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