Sasa Kaladjzic could thrive under Erik ten Hag like Sebastian Haller, says Bundesliga expert

Manchester United target Sasa Kaladjzic could thrive under Erik ten Hag like Sebastian Haller, says Kevin Hathcard.

The Bundesliga commentator and expert believes the Red Devils pursuing the towering VfB Stuttgart striker represents a “sensible” piece of business.

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With uncertainty continuing to surround the future of wantaway talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial‘s fitness issues already rearing its head before the season began, the former Ajax manager is desperate to bolster his striking options.

With a year remaining on his contract at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, the Austria international, who is managed at national team level by our former interim boss Ralf Rangnick, has emerged as a potential £25 million option with Slovenian wonderkid Benjamin Sesko opting to join RB Leipzig next summer.

Sasa Kaladjzic could thrive under Erik ten Hag like Sebastian Haller

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The 15-time Austria international has scored 22 goals from 50 Bundesliga appearances since clinching promotion with Stuttgart in 2020.

Having abandoned plans to sign former Stoke City and West Ham United for Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic, Hatchard believes a move for the fellow Austrian Kaladjzic could be a smart decision by Ten Hag.

Speaking on Sky Sports News, Hatchard said: “Manchester United might’ve been linked with a sensible player for once, maybe. Because he would fit them I think.

“He’s very tall, 6ft 7, but what he isn’t is a classic target man. You wouldn’t just lump the ball up to him, he can play.

“It’s that old school Peter Crouch thing of ‘good touch for a big man’. He’s a guy that, when he’s fit, he scores goals. He’s done it in a poor Stuttgart team.”

Hatchard claims Stuttgart would be open to selling the physically imposing striker for around £25m.

Ten Hag turned West Ham United Sebastian Haller, who is a physically imposing striker, into a goalscoring phenomenon in Amsterdam.

The Ivory Coast international scored 87 goals and laid on 31 assists from 147 games under the tutelage of Ten Hag.

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Hatchard believes that Kaladjzic, who has three assists from two Bundesliga games this season, could fit into Ten Hag’s system at Old Trafford in a similar way Haller did to devastating fashion at Ajax.

However, the Bundesliga expert felt that United’s interest in Kaladjzic was an “accident” following the setbacks the Dutchman has had in the club failing to land his desired targets.

Hatchard concluded: “There’s no reason why [he won’t suit Ten Hag’s style]. Sebastien Haller we know is a big strong striker and like Kalajdzic has decent technique as well and is a lot more than just somebody who just stays up top and waits for crosses.

“So in Ten Hag’s system that could work. And I think certainly this would be a step forward in terms of what United are trying to do.

“But it almost feels like it might be by accident because it does still feel a bit scattergun. But if Kalajdzic does go there, I think that’s a decent step forward for them.”

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