Manchester United target Christopher Nkunku outshines Bellingham and Haaland with a goal and two assists

At the same time that Marcus Rashford was left on the bench despite Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani being ruled out, Christopher Nkunku was doing his thing in Germany.

In yesterday’s 5.30pm kick off at Old Trafford, Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United could only manage a 1-1 draw against Leicester City.

Whereas an Nkunku inspired RB Leipzig to beat Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham’s Borussia Dortmund 4-1 at the Signal Iduna Park.

ESPN reported in February that Nkunku had been added to United’s shortlist of potential signings at Rangnick’s request.

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The 24-year-old made his senior France debut in last month’s international friendlies after receiving his maiden Les Bleus call-up by Didier Deschamps.

But the forward was back to his devastating best yesterday, upon the resumption of club football, against one of Leipzig’s fierce rivals.

It was Nkunku’s perfectly-weighted pass into the path of Konrad Laimer, who dinked the ball over the on-rushing Gregor Kobel, which helped give Leipzig the lead in the 21st minute.

Nkunku got his goal and Leipzig’s third with a clinical first-time left-footed finish which found the bottom corner perfectly, following a Daniel Olmo backheel.

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In the 86th minute, Nkunku repaid the favour to Olmo with the Spanish international curling the ball into the top corner via the underside of the bar from outside the box.

The goal and two assists at Dortmund took Nkunku’s direct goal involvements to the season to a staggering 44 from 40 matches.

The Frenchman has 27 goals and 17 assists to his name this season which are mind-blowing numbers.

Christopher Nkunku is going to be a man in demand this summer, but if Erik ten Hag or Mauricio Pochettino want to make a statement and announce the dawning of a new Manchester United era, signing the French superstar would make Europe’s top clubs sit up and take notice.

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