World Cup players to watch: Jonathan David

Manchester United’s need for a striker has been apparent this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo admitting to ‘lacking motivation’, ahead of his departure.

Anthony Martial’s fitness worries dictate that United need to sign another forward, and the World Cup comes at an ideal time for strikers to put themselves into the sightline of the club’s scouts.

Canada striker Jonathan David begins his World Cup campaign later today, with his side taking on Belgium at 7pm.

Jonathan David has been linked to Manchester United for years

Manchester United will be aware of the quality Jonathan David possesses, and will be intrigued to see if he can deliver on the world stage.

The Mail reported in 2020 that Manchester United were monitoring David’s progress at Belgian side Gent, sending scouts to watch him in the Europa League.

The striker ended up signing for French side Lille, and this past summer, CBS Sports reported Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was interested in signing him.

Striker ended up not being a priority for United in the summer – but this is expected to change in the upcoming transfer windows, with the team scoring just 20 goals in 14 Premier League games.

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Jonathan David is having a strong season

Jonathan David heads into the World Cup in good form, he has nine goals in 15 Ligue 1 games for Lille, plus three assists.

Last season he struck 19 goals for Lille in all competitions, a tally he could surpass this campaign if he continues his strong form.

Terrific record for Canada

David’s record for Canada is very impressive, with 22 goals in 35 international matches. He will soon surpass Cyle Larin (25) as the team’s highest scorer.

Canada last qualified for the World Cup long before Jonathan David was born, with the nation’s most recent appearance being at Mexico 1986.

Simply being at the tournament is progress, but Jonathan David will be keen to make his mark and show the world what he can do.

This upcoming test against Belgium is a big opportunity, it will allow him to demonstrate his quality against a top-tier opponent, with United reluctant to buy forwards from Ligue 1 clubs in recent years.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit means Manchester United need a striker, and the World Cup is an opportunity for Jonathan David to put himself back on the Red Devils’ radar.

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