Regardless of whether you believe Harry Kane will go to Manchester United this summer or not, it’s a story doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
Some say a £40million move to Old Trafford would be a step up too soon for the England international, who has only had half a season of success in the Premier League so far. Others, though, believe he’s the kind of striker Louis Van Gaal should be targeting in the summer.
So we booted up our copy of Football Manager 2015 to see just how well he does as a Manchester United player, and the results speak for themselves…
The arrival of Kane from Spurs didn’t mark the end of Luis Van Gaal’s summer business, having already secured Memphis Depay from PSV, he also brought in Wesley Sneijder, Jan Vertonghen, Adriano of Barcelona and his Camp Nou teammate Marc Bartra.
Oh, and a dramatic u-turn mid-way through July saw Falcao turn up at Old Trafford again, snubbing Mourinho’s Chelsea to sign a permanent deal at United.
Falcao’s return and Van Gaal’s failure to offload Javier Hernandez meant Kane was seemingly low down the pecking order, with Rooney and Van Persie also vying for first-team opportunities.
So it’s no real surprise that it took Kane until the end of November to register his first United goal, netting the first in a 2-0 win away at West Brom.
Kane then went on to become United’s cup competition striker, and he played a vital role in the Red Devils’ route to Capital One Cup glory. His 72nd minute goal in the second-leg of the semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday ensured his side went through to the final on away goals after a 3-3 stalemate over two legs.
Then Kane banged in the first goal of a 4-1 battering of Chelsea in the final to claim the first piece of silverware of his pro career.
Kane took his chances whenever he could and scored sporadically throughout the rest of the campaign, ending the season with 10 in all competitions (two in the Premier League) – sixth in the Old Trafford charts that season, behind Falcao (29), Depay (17), Rooney (14), Mata (14) and Di Maria (12).
Two of those came in both legs of United’s quarter-final victory over PSG in the Champions League, though they were stopped by Real Madrid in the semi-final.
As you can see above, Kane only managed two starts in the Premier League and was mostly used as a substitute. He ended the season with 25 appearances in all competitions, 15 of which were off the bench, which means his return of ten goals wasn’t particularly disappointing.
His highlight of the season, despite his important goals in the Capital One Cup and Champions League, was being named in one of April’s Team of the Week after helping United to a 3-1 home win over Watford.
Man United wrapped up the Premier League title by beating rivals City to the post by just three points, though Kane will not be remembered as a vital member of that title winning side.
At the end of the campaign Kane is immediately linked with a move back to Tottenham who, despite ending the season in fifth, appeared to have missed his presence up front. They replaced him with Fabio Borini in the summer, but he could only manage three Premier League goals.
Spurs did bring in Salomon Rondon in January to help chip in with the goals, but he broke his foot soon after arriving in north London and was sidelined for 2 months. Oops.
So it’s little wonder Spurs were keen on bringing Kane back home after he had little impact during Man United’s double winning season. Perhaps a loan deal might be in the offing. Shame we’ll never find out…