The one striker Manchester United must sign is Jonathan David

Thankfully Marko Arnautovic won’t be signing for Manchester United. A move for the Austrian is off, the Athletic reported, with the Red Devils sensibly backing out of a deal for the Bologna striker.

Without even getting into the idiosyncrasies of the actual player, purely his profile was enough to make Manchester United fans see red.

A move for a 33-year-old should never have been considered. Manchester United fans are sick of the club signing ageing strikers.

It’s time to look to the future, and take a gamble on a young striker instead. Benjamin Sesko is now a no-go, so who should Manchester United target instead?

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Manchester United must sign Jonathan David

This is the time to target a young, up and coming striker, who has potential to be a superstar who can flourish with the guidance of Erik ten Hag, and compete with Anthony Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Enter Lille striker Jonathan David. The 22-year-old has racked up some big experience in European football already.

He scored 37 goals in Belgium for Gent before moving to Lille two summers ago, and has 33 goals for the Ligue 1 side.

He scored two of those goals at the weekend as Lille’s season kicked off with a 4-1 win over Auxerre, netting twice in the first half to begin the season with a spark lacking from Manchester United’s opening display.

David is a player who can blow hot or cold. He had an electric start to last season with 16 goals in the first half of the campaign, before only scoring three in the second half of the season.

Erik ten Hag could be the manager to help him try and add some extra consistency to his game, but this is what you get from a 22-year-old. He’s not the finished product, but the pieces are there for him to have a huge future, in the right system with the right manager.

At international level David has racked up goals for Canada with 20 in 30 games. He is set to lead the line for his country at the World Cup, and this should give clubs extra incentive to strike a deal now before his profile rises at the tournament.

A report from CBS Sports in May claimed Erik ten Hag was considering a move for the Lille forward. Nothing has come of it since, but there is still time. A report from Daily Mail in 2020 claimed United’s scouts were impressed by Jonathan David while he was at Gent.

David could not offer a cast-iron guarantee of superstardom like Erling Haaland, but these strikers just don’t come along very often. United have to plant a flag on a target and back them, and stand by them. If it doesn’t work, try again the next summer.

It’s no use simply signing short-term veterans. United fans are fed up with this ambition less approach. The Erik ten Hag era was meant to represent a new start, the beginning of a project. So lets sign a striker who represents this.

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