Regardless of where Louis van Gaal and his often heavily criticised Red Devils outfit end up this season, the upcoming summer transfer window is bound to take on great significance for Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho looks set to arrive in the North West and bring a string of new high profile talents to Old Trafford if certain media reports are to be believed, but as LVG’s side have mostly been lambasted for failing to entertain the Red Devils faithful over the course of the current season, perhaps it’s time Man United landed an out-and-out goal-scorer to cure their growing striking concerns for the upcoming league campaign.
So then, as Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain has been linked with an illustrious move to the Theatre of Dreams in recent times, could he be the man to help the Red Devils finally reassert their once dominant status among the English game, or should Man United point the vast majority of their resources firmly elsewhere this summer?
Well, although both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have both served to impress this season, neither player is truly ready to lead the line for Man United with all the tenacity and reliability the long-standing Premier League club clearly require.
…And as Gonzalo Higuain has nonetheless registered over 30 goals for Napoli so far this season, perhaps the highly coveted Argentina international does indeed have what it takes to help lift Man United from their current domestic slumber.
The 28-year-old hitman previously enjoyed a partially successful working relationship with Mourinho at Real Madrid of course, and via his powerful hold-up play inside the final third, keen eye for goal in and around the opposition’s penalty box and decent range of movement for someone of his admitted stature, the Old Trafford faithful have every right to be excited over the prospect of Higuain possibly turning out in red throughout the course of next season.
Although the South American striker has admittedly gone missing in several important matches for his respective managers in the past, and does theoretically represent somewhat of an ageing asset, Man United would certainly look a great deal stronger with someone of his undoubted class leading the line.
The ramifications of Higuain’s potential presence at Old Trafford in 2016/17 could therefore see the likes of Martial and Rashford develop even further, as well as possibly helping to shine a more promising light on Wayne Rooney and his once flawless ability to deliver for his club
Although there are other equally worthy striking alternatives for the Old Trafford boardroom staff to consider, Higuain may just about have to go down as the most realistic option out of the entire bunch.
He might not present himself as the best long-term option, but as Man United need all the help they can get in their somewhat vacant striking department right in the here and now, Napoli’s in-form front-man surely can’t be seen as a poor choice for the Red Devils.
So then, even if his current Serie A employers nonetheless hold out for a rather sizeable transfer fee for Gonzalo Higuain this summer, the widely admired South American would suit Manchester United down to the ground next season.