Raul Jimenez Would Offer Man United’s Frontline Something Different

Manchester United enjoyed a thrilling end to the season and their magnificent run-in brought with it a place in next season’s Champions League.

A particular highlight was The Red Devils attacking options with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood all standing out.

Yet at times when that fluid front three struggled to get in behind tough defences, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t have a Plan B to go to.

The Man Utd gaffer seems to be ready to rectify that problem with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford (Source The Mirror).

Serie A champions Juventus have also been credited with an interest, so United will have to act quickly if they really want the Mexican hitman.

I think it would certainly make sense for United to go out and bring the twenty-nine year old to Manchester.

In his two seasons in the Premier League, Raul has bagged an impressive thirty goals in seventy-six league outings. He has also scored nine in his last thirteen Europa League games for Wolves.

It’s worth noting that in those two years at Molineux, he hasn’t missed games due to any injuries. That resilience and his natural fitness could be huge for United when you think of the injury issues Martial and Rashford have suffered from in recent seasons.

It’s the playing style of Jimenez that would really give Man United something different and a much needed improvement in my opinion.

The Mexican is well known for giving his side a physical presence up-front, which United desperately need at this stage as they head into a new season.

The forward can hold the ball up and he’s extremely effective in the air, both qualities that can lead to goals for himself and teammates. Raul also has the ability to go slightly deeper and allow space for pacy forwards to run in behind opposition defences.

Jimenez’s current boss Nuno Espirito Santo just last month stated that the striker is a special talent and also said that the international attacker is also motivated to continually improve:

‘He has been working very hard and he is a special player. His motivation is to improve, he has broken the club record (most goals in a Premier League season) and he is challenging himself again and again every day.’

Nuno Espirito Santo via Daily Mail

That trait of always trying to better yourself would again attract a manager like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it’s a trait he also had as a player and something Sir Alex Ferguson always looked out for.

I truly believe that if a club is going to challenge for major honours then they have to have a Plan B, save Pep Guardiola’s Fc Barcelona team for a limited time.

It’s what helped Solskjaer and United win their historic treble in 1999. They had four strikers and they offered something different depending on what combination Fergie used.

If they were to bring in Raul Jimenez, then Manchester United would once again have a different striker in the mix that would offer them something physically up-top that they’ve been missing in the last twelve months!

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