The 2015/16 campaign has so far proven a rather frustrating one for the Old Trafford faithful. Despite vast sums of cash being casually spent on his squad across the last few available transfer windows, Louis van Gaal’s side simply look utterly devoid of confidence in front of goal – and it remains difficult to envisage such an outcome changing any time soon.
However, with the January transfer window now already upon us as we deliberate just what the second half of the season readily has in store, Manchester United once again find themselves with a chance to spend their way out of trouble. A no-nonsense goalscorer is obviously needed right now, even if LVG has indeed proven rather coy in his January assessment on transfers thus far.
So then, with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski reportedly making himself available for £70m next summer, should the Red Devils simply do all they can to get one step up on their competition for the Polish striker’s signature – and ultimately look to sign the 27-year-old before the closure of the January transfer window?
Well, when it comes to possessing all the necessary requirements to make it within the English Premier League, Lewandowski undoubtedly has what it takes. The current Bayern man has become a household name in recent years due to his unmistakable composure in one-on-one situations and confident style in front of goal.
He is someone who has thrived domestically within the German Bundesliga, carried his goalscoring form into the Champions League with the formidable Bayern Munich and also has impressed greatly on the international scene with Poland. Lewandowski would therefore thrive in the English top-flight should Manchester United prove successful in their attempts to land the 27-year-old in the not too distant future.
Lord knows the Red Devils simply need all the help they can get in their struggling striking department at the minute after all…
Van Gaal seemingly made a huge error in letting the now in-form Javier Hernandez leave for Bayer Leverkusen last summer, Wayne Rooney hasn’t operated as an out-in-out goal-threat for several consecutive seasons now – albeit he scored a cracking double at Newcastle on Tuesday – and although LVG still seems rather attached to the services of his curly-haired no. 27 in 2015/16, Marouane Fellaini cannot be considered an adequate first choice striker if Man United truly want to be taken seriously in the modern era.
Lewandowski would prove the perfect replacement for Robin van Persie up-top at Old Trafford, and could potentially even serve to propel Van Gaal’s side right to the top of the Premier League table.
Although the Poland international would likely want to stay on at the Allianz Arena at least until the culmination of the current campaign, the Red Devils simply can’t risk letting the ex-Dortmund marksman move to any of their closest rivals once competition for Lewandowski’s signature invariably intensifies over the summer.
The former Jurgen Klopp hit-man may be keen to try his hand in another of Europe’s top leagues by the time next season finally arrives – yet as money ultimately does a lot of the important talking in these situations when all is said and done, perhaps Van Gaal’s club must maintain their ballsy approach in the transfer market this January, and simply offer the player in question anything he so desires in order to tie down his signature as soon as physically possible.
Yes, £70m is a crazy amount of cash in the cold light of day – but this is the big spending, ‘pay now, ask questions later’ Manchester United of the modern era we are talking about here, so surely such a notion wouldn’t be enough to put the Red Devils off signing Lewandowski for good.
In the end, this potential move could prove massive for United one way or another, for both Manchester City and Chelsea are also reportedly keen on landing the Polish hot-shot as soon as Lewandowski is officially made available by the men behind the scenes at Bayern Munich.
But if the Red Devils can nevertheless steal a march on their competition this January, maybe the once powerful Premier League club could finally begin to re-assert themselves as England’s dominant club force again.