Romelu Lukaku scored at the weekend as United got back on track against Fulham.
Later that night The Sun claimed Lukaku is unhappy at United and wants out.
The claims are spurious. They go against everything Lukaku has said publicly about Jose Mourinho and wanting to run through a brick wall for his manager.
But it can’t be denied that Lukaku’s form has been a problem this season, despite managing to score six league goals.
It got us thinking. If Lukaku was sold for a big fee, who should replace him?
If this were true and we got a decent fee…
Who would you buy to replace him? https://t.co/cRc3028axq
— United In Focus (@UnitedInFocus) December 8, 2018
The results were not unanimous, but they were heavily weighted in favour of one man: Mauro Icardi.
The prolific Argentine striker scored 29 goals last season and has 11 to his name already this campaign.
Here is a look at some of your tweets calling for Icardi to be United’s top target…
— G. Neville’s Boy (@TusharRedDevil) December 9, 2018
— ‘THE BADSHAH™’ (@THEBAD5HAH) December 9, 2018
Get him out for icardi ASAP
— Simon Broadley (@realsibroadley) December 8, 2018
Icardi without a doubt
— DPW (@MufcDw) December 8, 2018
If it’s not Icardi then people aren’t watching football enough
— Ciaran Woodcock (@Ciaransworld) December 9, 2018
straight swap for icardi, Rom did say he wouldn’t mind a move to serie a
— Owen Naicker (@MataMechanics) December 9, 2018
Best of the rest
Also named as potential targets were Harry Kane, Paulo Dybala and Robert Lewandowski.
Others responded to say they were just keen to see the back of Lukaku, while another insisted he should fight for his place and not sulk about being dropped.
It’s hard to argue with that statement.
We expect Lukaku will stay, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to look at the options in case he makes a surprise exit.