Back in January, with time ticking down on deadline day, Manchester United made a late move for Josh King.

The Norwegian was seemingly United’s first-choice option for a stop-gap striker; a move that was seen as desperate and inspired in equal measure.

King has gone on record to express his disappointment at the failed swoop (MEN). In short, Bournemouth priced the forward out of a move and United instead signed Odion Ighalo.

That was no bad thing, with Ighalo hitting the ground running at United, scoring five goals prior to football’s lock-down.

The King ship has well and truly sailed. After all, United were looking to fill a gap following Marcus Rashford’s injury and there is no chance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returning now.

But another Bournemouth player is in the opposite situation as King was a few months ago.

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According to the Manchester Evening News, David Brooks is on United’s radar this summer.

However, any move for the Welshman will be dependent on Jadon Sancho’s future. After all, Solskjaer only needs one right winger and the England international remains their top target.

 

Second choice but not second-rate

While King was United’s first-choice deadline day signing, forced to watch while they ultimately signed an alternative, Brooks is that hopeful second option.

United are expected to make progress in their pursuit of Sancho between now and October. But whether they ultimately secure a deal remains to be seen.

Sancho could be the crown jewel in this United side. But Brooks would be a more than able backup choice.

At just 23, the midfielder is the kind of player Solskjaer loves. He would also be considerably cheaper and would not break the bank when it comes to wages.

Sancho is a cut above and few fans would choose Brooks over him if they had a choice. However, it will be interesting to see if, this time, a Bournemouth player does head to United.

Football works in funny ways and, while King stayed because United looked elsewhere, Brooks could perhaps arrive for the same reason.

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