Manchester United need a plan B after Erling Haaland agreed to sign for Borussia Dortmund.
Top of the list should be RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who The Mail report has a £27 million release clause in his contract.
Werner is a player the MEN has previously reported as being on United’s radar. It is time for the club to step up that interest.
Here is a look at three reasons why Werner might actually be a better option than Haaland…
Werner is older than Haaland and has more experience under his belt so far in his career. He has also played at a higher level.
He is only 23 years old and his best years are still ahead of him. He will be better equipped to handle a Premier League move than Haaland who is just 19.
His exploits in the German Bundesliga are also more valuable than Haaland’s goals in Austria.
Werner has scored 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga games, while also providing six assists.
Nobody can accuse Werner’s goals as coming in a weak league, which would be the accusation levelled at Haaland.
Haaland is a striker and there is no shifting him around. That means United would have had a more rigid choice to try and fit him into the starting XI.
Werner’s versatility makes him a superior option for United’s needs.
He has started games wide left for Leipzig this season and even one behind a main striker. United could even toy with playing him out on the right.
Werner is quick, intelligent, and has a good first touch. He would be a good fit for United’s counter attacking game.
Haaland had been compared to Romelu Lukaku by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which was both a compliment and a red flag.
The Dortmund bound striker looks to have a big ego, and a suspect first touch. Werner has shown so far in his career that he is a top professional.
No ill history
If Haaland signed for United, it would not be because he loved the club. It would be in spite of some very chequered history.
This is a player who famously said he wanted to win the title for Leeds, and saw his dad injured by United hero Roy Keane.
A move would have been an awkward marriage of convenience which might have worked, without every feeling quite right.
The Mino Raiola factor was another reason for United to feel uncomfortable about moving for Haaland.
With Werner, there is none of this, and he has even admitted that playing for United would be a dream.
Goal reported that Werner told Sky Germany last year: “As a young boy, you always dream of the big club you’d like to play for. It used to be Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, who always won. A young boy is always a fan of those who win. You can’t just drop something like that.”
United are showing positive signs under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and it is no use crying over Erling Haaland.
The club should focus efforts on Werner, a talented, young, proven and prolific striker with hunger to be the very best.
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