Erik ten Hag should consider signing Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram - Opinion
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag should consider signing in-form Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram.
While the Red Devils were pushing to sign Antony from Ajax towards the end of August, ESPN reported that Gladbach’s Thuram was on United’s radar if a move for the Brazilian was not agreed.
But the twenty-time league champions eventually managed to reunite Antony with fellow former Ajax duo Ten Hag and Lisandro Martinez.
Having signed Antony for an initial £81.3m, interest in Cody Gakpo cooled and Thuram was no longer considered a potential option.
But given the Frenchman’s impressive start to the 2022-23 campaign and his contract situation, the 25-year-old could come back on United’s radar in the coming months.
Ten Hag should consider signing Marcus Thuram
Ten Hag’s side have scored 18 goals from 13 Premier League games this season. For context Manchester City lead the way with 39 goals while Wolves are at the other end of the spectrum with eight goals scored.
Marcus Rashford is United’s top scorer in the top-flight with four goals and our number ten is leading the way across all competitions by netting eight times.
With Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell at Old Trafford drawing to a close, Ten Hag’s priority next summer is likely to be signing a new number nine.
Anthony Martial has impressed when available, but the Frenchman has already picked up three different injuries since Ten Hag took the reins at the Theatre of Dreams.
Martial’s compatriot, who also missed out on a spot in France’s World Cup squad, Thuram has 13 goals to his name this season from 17 appearances, as well as laying on four assists.
Thuram’s ten Bundesliga goals this season puts him two behind his fellow countryman Christopher Nkunku who leads the way in the German top-flight.
Similar to Rashford, Gladbach’s number ten had a difficult 2021-22 season where he only managed three goals, but he surpassed last season’s measly goal tally inside the first month of the current campaign.
Marcus, son of legendary former French defender Lilian Thuram, has 41 goals and 26 assists from 119 Gladbach matches – he’s averaging well over a direct goal involvement in every other game.
His contract at the Stadion im Borussia-Park expires in June, which means United would be able to enter pre-contract negotiations with Thuram and his representatives about a potential free transfer move to Old Trafford, as early as January.
After scoring two goals against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena last month, Wolfsburg’s sporting director Marcel Schafer labelled the four-time France international as “world-class”.
Thuram is currently playing under former Norwich City manager Daniel Farke, but the talented forward will probably be thinking he needs to move to a bigger club to stand a chance of getting into Les Bleus’ formidable forward line.
Signing the former Guingamp marksman on a free transfer would also free up funds for Ten Hag to sign another striker as well.
Thuram was reportedly on United’s radar back in August and given his impressive performances this season and contract situation, it wouldn’t be a surprise if his name is discussed internally at Old Trafford in the coming months.