Former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney urged the club to sign ‘the very best’ striker in Harry Kane and forget the chase of Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho.
Rooney noted that the lanky striker is the solution to some problems in the team. The Spurs striker has so far scored eight goals and created seven assists this season but United have focussed more on Sancho.
United has made several attempts to sign the winger but has been unsuccessful so far with the chase all summer long. The German club has been adamant Sancho won’t be leaving the club after United failed to submit an acceptable bid before the German club’s imposed deadline.
In his Times column, Rooney noted that Sancho is clearly of the standard required but not the greatest need of the Red Devils.
“Jadon Sancho is a top player, but I find it odd that he has been Manchester United’s transfer priority. Why consider paying close to £100 million for someone similar to talent you’ve got already?
“United have Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and where would Sancho’s arrival leave Mason Greenwood, who plays in the same position and is of similar age? I’d rather put that £100million towards trying to get Harry Kane.”
‘Signing Kane will be tough’
Rooney further admitted that signing Kane would be another tough task for any team, but points out that United hesitated on signing the poacher earlier in the year and it has clearly proven costly. His value continues to soar high with good performances.
Rooney, who plies his trade at Derby County as player-coach feels that United’s more versatile attackers would benefit greatly from having a focal point at the top of the attack. According to him, such a lad will let them thrive in spaces around and behind the striker.
“Yes, getting Kane out of Tottenham would be difficult, maybe impossible, but United are a club who should always make an effort to sign the very best players and Kane is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs, as is Erling Haaland, who United missed out on last year — a genuine No. 9.
“A Kane or Haaland or someone like Robert Lewandowski would give Rashford and Martial someone to play off and freedom to roam into different areas, pick the ball up and try to beat men — without the burden of always having to score.”
‘Harry Kane shows United the stuff he is made of’
Meanwhile, Kane decided to punish United on Sunday, handing Solksjaer his worst defeat as a manager in 6-1 drubbing at the Old Trafford.
Spurs ran riot in the clash, as they came behind from the penalty scored by Bruno Fernandes. Kane created an assist in the duel and scored two.
As his value continues to soar higher, it might be hard for Man United to even get him, especially now that the striker is flourishing under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, who has been building the squad.
However, with United, anything can happen. They could put all the effort being made at signing Sancho to Kane. Who knows if Danny Levy will say no to a very good offer for his best players?