Bring on some Hee-Chan Hwang to Manchester United talk
A prolific attacker proved his quality for Red Bull Salzburg last night and it was not just Erling Braut Haaland.
South Korean sensation Hee-Chan Hwang turned Virgil van Dijk inside out at Anfield and scored a terrific individual goal.
Hwang is just the type of player Manchester United should be targeting, and he might already be on the club’s radar.
Austrian newspaper Der Standard reported earlier this season that Manchester United scouts were watching Salzburg. They may have gone to watch Haaland, and perhaps left impressed with Hwang too.
Last night he scored one goal and set up another at Anfield to inspire a comeback from 3-0 down. Haaland came off the bench to score another from close range to equalise, before his side conceded late on.
Hwang’s first half goal changed the course of the game, and the way he twisted Van Dijk inside out was reminiscent of Anthony Martial for United against Southampton in 2015.
Versatile with tremendous record
Hwang, 23, has an outstanding record this season for Salzburg. After last night he has scored 6 goals and provided 10 assists in 10 games this season.
He is a player who could really enhance United’s attacking options due to his versatility.
Hwang can play up front as a striker, where he has done mainly this season, or out on the left or right wing as he did on loan at Hamburg a year ago.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he wants goals and creativity in attack and Hwang might be a useful option.
Top South Korean players are renowned for their non-stop work rate and he has already admitted his desire is to follow United cult hero Park Ji-Sung to England.
He told Bild: “At some point I would like to play in the Premier League. For me it is the strongest league in the world.
“Ever since my compatriot Ji-Sung Park played for Manchester United, I’ve been a fan of English football.”
He certainly caught the eye last night. We’re just getting in there before the papers do.
Could it happen?
Perhaps. United’s scouts will have not been doing their jobs properly if their visit to Salzburg came back without glowing reports about his form.
Of the two players, Erling Braut Haaland looks an even brighter talent, setting Champions League goalscoring records at just 19-years-old.
Hwang has to maintain his prolific form to keep United interested, and it is fair to ask questions about the quality of the Austrian Bundesliga.
His goal which left Van Dijk floored last night was a sign he could be an asset in the Premier League too.
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