Manchester United’s striker search became more and more desperate as the transfer window wore on.
Of course, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended up landing Odion Ighalo on loan just before the deadline.
There were a number of striking targets which emerged on deadline day and a fresh one has been reported by the Daily Mail this week.
United apparently asked about Murray
Brighton hitman Glenn Murray has struggled for gametime this season but the Mail report United considered landing him ahead of the deadline.
Murray is 36 and has scored just one Premier League goal this season.
United’s frantic search for a striker took them to Bournemouth’s Josh King earlier in the final day of the window, who worked with Solskjaer in the reserves as a young player.
The Mail also report that King felt ‘used and messed about’ by United, frustrated that the club didn’t follow up on their interest.
King had a sniff of an unlikely escape route from a relegation scrap – but Ighalo is a better bet than both him and Murray. It’s crazy that it came down to this of course.
Why’s Ighalo the better bet?
There’s of course a legitimate criticism of the transfer policy at the richest club in England when their transfer policy leaves them scratching around for a striker on deadline day.
But within that context, the fact that Ighalo is on loan without an obligation to buy, was the top scorer at the African Cup of Nations and still has something to offer at 30 makes him more appealing than Murray.
Graham Potter has transformed Brighton this season and one of the keys behind that has been benching stalwart Murray in favour of the pace and invention of Neal Maupay.
Someone who Brighton cannot find a use for should not be even a backup plan for United. Ighalo’s strength and aerial ability means he should have more to offer United.
As for King, it’s one thing for United to loan a quick fix in for six months. It’s another to buy one for the amount of money it would take to convince a relegation-threatened side to sell a key player.
Add in the fact his injury looks set to keep him out for most of this month – which is something of a draw back for a quick fix – and coming out with Ighalo represents making the best of a bad situation from United.
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