Manchester United have to bolster their attacking options in January and release the burden on Anthony Martial, pursuing Alfredo Morelos would be a wise move.
Following the high-profile departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer and no replacements signed, Solskjaer will be targeting signing a striker in January, if the right player is available.
It is no coincidence that United’s mini-revival and attacking threat has gathered momentum since Martial has returned from injury.
The worry for Solskjaer is that United’s ability to win in style depends on keeping his number nine fit and healthy.
We have already seen this season that United’s attack looks all at sea without Martial leading the line, he is the glue that knits this team together currently.
But the concern is if Martial suffers another period on the sidelines United’s season could suffer an almighty nose dive and fizzle out.
This is why Solskjaer has to use the upcoming transfer window as an opportunity to sign another out-and-out striker.
We have already profiled Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard as a possibility, but does Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos deserve to be in the equation too?
Is Morelos the real deal?
Manchester United’s last Colombian acquisition Radamel Falcao proved to be a flop, but unlike his compatriot who came to Old Trafford off the back of a serious knee injury, Morelos has time on his side and is improving with every passing year.
At the age of 23, Morelos who is in his third season for the Scottish giants and after successfully making the transition from Finnish football, he has become the key man in Steven Gerrard’s side.
Morelos is currently scoring goals at a greater rate than his opposing number Edouard.
From 24 games in all competitions, French Under-21 international, Edouard has 12 goals and 12 assists to his name.
However, as impressive as the 21-year-old’s stats are, Morelos blows his rival’s goalscoring contribution out of the park, the Colombian has 22 goals and 7 assists from 26 matches across all competitions.
Morelos has shown his goalscoring prowess in the Europa League with 3 goals in his last three games, which include back-to-back goals against the former Champions League winners FC Porto.
If Morelos maintains his current scoring rate he will achieve a new personal best, improving on the 30 goals and 11 assists he registered from his 48 games last season.
Morelos, who has three caps for Colombia, has scored 70 goals and laid on a further 26 assists in 117 games during his time in Scotland.
He has improved his discipline
If United were to sign Morelos, defenders in the Premier League would certainly receive as good as they can dish out, the Colombian relishes the physical battles.
His energetic, hassling and pressing from the front would suit the defending from the front style Solskjaer wants to implement.
However, there has been a tendency for Morelos to let his emotions get the better of him during his time at Ibrox.
In his first season in Scotland, Morelos received 12 bookings, but last season the 23-year-old missed 10 games due to suspensions. He ended the campaign with 17 bookings, 2 of which were second yellow cards and 3 straight reds.
There are signs so far this season that he has been able to control his aggression, he only has one solitary booking in 12 SPL games and 5 in all competitions.
Similar to Martial, Morelos is comfortable playing with his back to goal and bringing his team mates into play.
He specialises in one touch finishes and possesses great strength to hold the ball up, but most importantly for United and Solskjaer he comes alive in the penalty area and knows how to ghost into dangerous areas.
He also has the ability to smash or deftly finish with either foot and has quick feet to create that little bit of space to unleash a shot on goal.
Manchester United need another complete striker, Morelos could be the man to complement a talented strike force.
Negotiating with Gerrard
With Morelos’ contract not expiring until 2023, United would face the prospect of having to negotiate with the Liverpool legend if they opted to pursue the Colombian.
Gerrard wouldn’t want to part ways with his prized asset even for his beloved Merseysiders, but if United came calling one would think that the asking price would rise dramatically.
However, Scottish football doesn’t have the same money being ploughed into as England, Celtic and Rangers don’t have the financial capacity to resist big bids for their key players.
The Scottish Premiership club this month announced losses of £11.3m and admitted they need to raise £10m before the end of the season, but the club have claimed they don’t need to sell Morelos in January.
An ambitious talented player like Morelos may already be outgrowing Scottish football and has already gone public with his desire to play in a more competitive league.
His agent holds Morelos in the highest regard, he went as far to compare him to the highly-sought after Erling Braut Håland and advised clubs to snap him up or risk losing out according to Tuttomercatooweb, saying they were ‘exactly the same’.
If Morelos isn’t already on United’s radar, Solskjaer needs to deploy his scouts up to Ibrox and they would no doubt be impressed.
He isn’t a one trick pony, he is flourishing on the European stage, similar to the signing of Dan James, Morelos has the capabilities to be a coup.
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