As their goal-scoring struggles continue to get exposed this season, Manchester United quite naturally have been linked with numerous strikers in recent weeks.
Reports have claimed the Red Devils are targeting a potential move for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic, whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has publicly admitted the club’s next signing will be a centre-forward.
One man who was in their grasp, but was let go, is Brighton prospect Aaron Connolly. Sky Sports have previously reported the 19-year-old was on trial at Old Trafford before joining the Seagulls, and that United were monitoring his development.
Well, on Saturday afternoon against Tottenham, the Republic of Ireland U21 international well and truly showed why it was a major mistake for the Red Devils to not sign him up.
The teenager bagged himself a brace against Spurs and was a real live-wire throughout the game, having six shots at goal and ending the match with an impressive 8.8 rating as per Sofascore.
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After seeing his display, United fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts about the forward.
Many supporters of the Manchester side hailed the 19-year-old’s performance, and insisted he is already better than Marcus Rashford.
One fan in particular even remarked Connolly “played like a young Rooney” in the clash against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Check out some of the reaction of United fans below:
I bet this lad Connolly from Brighton ends up at United in January. Played like a young Rooney today.
— Dan (@DJEXXIII) 5 October 2019
Aaron Connolly is better than Marcus Rashford #mufc
— #Glazers/WoodwardOut #SolskjaerOut (@FireMartial9) 5 October 2019
— SpaceManc (@Spacemanc) 5 October 2019
Get Connolly in the starting eleven immediately already better than anything we have
— Darragh (@DarraghMUFC_) 5 October 2019
— Mark Hawkins (@MHawkins78) 5 October 2019
That Connolly looks a hell of a player.
— Mike (@Mike87_MUFC) 5 October 2019
Connolly best player in the world
— (@MUFC_JackD) 5 October 2019
— Matt (@MattH_197) 5 October 2019