Five strikers Manchester United should consider signing in January
Manchester United haven’t scored more than one goal in a match since the opening weekend victory against Chelsea.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to make it the clubs priority to sign a striker and add more firepower to a side, which could not even manage a shot on target against AZ Alkmaar.
The Norwegian recently told ESPN that he will push for the club’s hierarchy to sanction signing a striker in the January transfer window.
Failing to replace the summer departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku has left the Red Devils short of options in the attacking department. Injuries to Antony Martial and Marcus Rashford have also disrupted a forward line that is in dire need of a natural goalscorer.
United witnessed first hand the benefits a prolific striker brings in the draw against Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on the periphery of the game at Old Trafford, but when he got his chance he was clinical.
In his last 17 games in all competitions, Aubameyang has scored 17 goals. In contrast Manchester United have scored just 15 goals in the same amount of games.
The 33-year-old was subject of interest from United in the summer, and United’s decision to abandon their pursuit looks to have backfired after a dismal start to the season.
Mandzukic would be a good experienced option to fill the void on a temporary basis and help take the goalscoring pressure off the club’s young attackers.
The Croatian has been directly involved in at least a goal every 180 minutes in the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A over his career. The out-of-favour Juventus forward has shown his pedigree of scoring goals on the biggest stages, he has scored in two Champions League finals and delivered the hammer blow against England in last year’s World Cup semi-final.
Out of Mandzukic’s 187 career goals, 56 have been match winners, which highlights the threat he would bring even if he was just being used sparingly coming off the bench.
With Maurizio Sarri making it clear Mandzukic is surplus to requirements, an offer from Qatari side Al Rayyan was accepted but the striker rejected the chance to leave Europe at this stage of his career according to Daily Mail.
Standing at 6ft 3in, Mandzukic would offer United a physical presence in attack that they are lacking since Lukaku left to join Inter Milan. He also has the versatility to play on the left wing.
The former Arsenal academy graduate joined PSV Eindhoven in 2017, and in his first season in the under-21 side scored 13 goals and registered three assists in 22 appearances.
Last season in the Eredivisie, Malen was directly involved in 14 goals (10 goals and four assists) in just 968 minutes of action across 31 games.
The 20-year-old has started this season in fantastic form. Malen has eight goals in eight league matches, which included a five goal haul against Vitesse. He also scored on his senior international debut against Germany.
Malen is a raw talent who lacks physical presence, but he thrives off quick interchanging passes, which creates space for him to punish teams with his pace.
Could Malen follow in the footsteps of his compatriots, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie and help fire the club back to the very top?
He certainly fits the youth policy and philosophy that Solskjaer is looking to build a team around, but a move at this stage to United could prove too much too soon.
Just like Manchester United, Italian giants AC Milan are struggling to keep pace with their domestic rivals and currently sit 16th in the Serie A table.
Piatek who scored 22 Serie A goals last season, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo, could be a player considering his next move if the situation in Milan doesn’t drastically improve.
The 24-year-old has two goals in six appearances so far this season, but since arriving to Italy in July 2018, Piatek has an impressive return of 24 goals in 43 games. He also has four goals in seven caps for Poland. The most important thing Manchester United fans will be thinking is, he knows where the back of the net is.
The six-foot powerful striker comes alive in the penalty area with his movement, he also has the desire and skill to score both scrappy and glorious goals.
Following the departures of Lille’s star duo Nicolas Pepe and Rafael Leao, summer signing, Osimhen has lit up Ligue 1 with six goals and two assists in eight games.
The Nigerian showed his physical prowess with a terrific leaping header against Chelsea to score his first Champions League goal.
The youngster made a name for himself at the 2015 under-17s World Cup with 10 goals in just seven games. Last season for Belgian outfit Charleroi he scored 20 goals in 36 appearances before securing a move to France.
The 20-year-old’s electric movement and desire to run in behind would stretch opposition defences, but it is in the penalty area where he is at his most explosive.
Just like Malen, Osimhen isn’t the finished product, but his goalscoring pedigree won’t be going unnoticed by Solskjaer.
France’s World Cup winner has fallen down the pecking order under the stewardship of Frank Lampard, Giroud hasn’t featured for Chelsea since his 17 minute cameo against Valencia in September. His last league outing was a brief substitute appearance against Norwich in the third gameweek.
At the age of 33, Giroud is entering the twilight stages of his career, but he could prove to be the perfect pivot for United’s speedsters to play off. Giroud may not have scored at the World Cup, but the likes of Pogba, Griezmann and Mbappe all benefited from the target man’s presence and ability to hold the ball up and bring his team mates into play.
Giroud was the Europa League top scorer last season with 11 goals in 14 appearances, he also got five assists. The Frenchman scored the crucial opener in the final against his former side Arsenal.
In 223 Premier League appearances, Giroud is averaging close to a goal contribution every other game, with 78 goals and 32 assists. He also has 36 goals and 10 assists in 93 senior international caps for his country.
With the centre-forward’s contract expiring in June, Solskjaer should consider approaching Chelsea in January in an attempt to sign a player who would slot straight in for a short term fix.
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