Man United Should Be Going All Out For Moussa Dembele

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer truly believes his side can go throughout this season with just three strikers then he’s very deluded.

Anthony Martial missed a decent chunk of the first half of the season due to an injury.

In their last game, an FA Cup win over Wolves, United boss Solskjaer decided to bring on his top-scorer Marcus Rashford. The forward would last just sixteen minutes before being forced off with a knock.

Solskjaer now believes Rashford will miss Man United’s big Premier League game against rivals and league leaders Liverpool:

“I’m not going to hold my breath,”

“I probably think he wouldn’t be ready.”

Via Sky Sports

While The Red Devils also have a top prospect in Mason Greenwood. The youngster has struck nine times in twenty-seven outings thus far this season. But Greenwood is still a raw eighteen year old and you can’t put all your chips on him just yet, that’s too much pressure!

If United are going to claw their way back into a Champions League place, then they will probably need another striker to give them more options up-top.

Man Utd are fifth in the league and are five points behind fourth placed Chelsea. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that United are sitting behind the only four teams in the Premier League that have scored more than them.

The other thing I should say is that while Rashford is Manchester United’s top scorer this term, he has scored most of his goals while he’s started on the left and not through the centre. So again it makes sense for United to bring in a hitman that can lead the line and get goals from the number nine position.

PSG marksman Edinson Cavani would be a serious option if he’s available this week. He has bagged a serious amount of goals in both France and Italy. He would add experience and more power in the final third. The Daily Mail suggest that Atletico Madrid are currently leading the race for the Uruguayan’s signature.

Another potential target could fit Solskjaer’s philosophy more and that’s Lyon’s Moussa Dembele.

Moussa is another prolific striker. He has bags of pace, can finish with either foot and is a forward that thrives in big game situations.

The Frenchman is also younger than Cavani and the twenty-three year old also has experience playing in Britain. He impressed at Fulham before stepping up and becoming even better at Celtic.

If Man United were able to bring in Moussa, then I have no doubts that they’d add more goals to their squad.

There could be a few difficulties in concluding the transfer this month.

Ligue 1 side Lyon are notoriously a tough team to deal with when it comes to buying their top talents. Club President Jean-Michel Aulas always holds out for top dollar. The French side have also said they aren’t looking into selling their striker this month.

That being said French football expert Jonathan Johnson believes the player himself wants to move back to England:

“I think Dembele would be open to a move to the Premier League, if not now then at the end of the season.”

“I do think he would welcome a move but I think he’d appreciate at this moment in time that Lyon cannot afford to let him go.”

Via Sky Sports Podcast

Now Jonathan mentions that timing could be a big problem this month. That may change as Lyon are now on the verge of signing Karl Toko Ekambi from Villarreal:

Then there’s Chelsea’s interest in the player. The club that are fighting with Man United for fourth place are also wanting more depth in their striking department and have a big chequebook to play with.

So Man United will first need to identify which striker they want to add to their squad. If that’s Moussa Dembele (my preference) then they’ll need to offer Lyon a lot of money and hope that they can get a deal done this window, if not then they should try and get one done now for when the summer transfer window opens.

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