Breaking News – Surprise Favourite to Join United  

Sky Bet have 4 players linked to Manchester United for the final couple days of the transfer window. The favourite may surprise you.

Bottom of the list is Saido Berahino. The West Brom youngster is at 12/1 to join United, but the bookies see this as unlikely with Spurs being favoured at 11/10. The 22 year old, Burundi born striker scored 20 goals for the Baggies last season.

Next up is the big man, Zlatan Ibrahimović rolling in at 8/1. At these long odds, United are still favourites will A.C. Milan being next in line at 12/1. The Swede scored 30 goals for Paris Saint-Germain last season, but has been suffering with knee problems at the start of this campaign. Some say that he can kill 2 stones, with 1 bird.

Another Premier League player comes in as second favourite, at 9/2. That’s Southampton’s Sadio Mané, the owner of the record for quickest Premier League hat-trick. The 23 year old has a goal and four assists this season, three of which came against Norwich City on Sunday. The bookies reckon he’ll stay at the Saints though with the odds at 1/8.

Top of the list might surprise you. It’s not Lacazette, Benzema, Icardi, Neymar, Bale, Ronaldo, Robben or Müller. Relegated from the Premier League only last season, but favourite to move to Old Trafford, at 1/2, is Charlie Austin!

So far this season he is 4 for 4 in goals to games and has an assists. Last season he set up 18 Premier League goals and set up a further 7. Despite currently being a championship player, he might be the perfect fit for United.

He’s a proven Premier League striker, who is physically able to cope with the demands of the league. If played in Rooney’s current position, with Wayne moved in behind him, Austin could have any of: Rooney; Mata; Young; Depay; Valencia; Herrera; Schweinsteiger and; Carrick looking to set him up. What true striker couldn’t score with that kind of entourage?

Manchester United have been quite cross-orientated this season, to very little success, mainly because our front line is quite short, and lack aerial dominance. Charlie Austin has a great head, is big, strong and can jump to the high balls. He’ll also throw himself onto any ball, he’s always desperate for a goal, and that’s exactly what United need.

I would be very happy to see Austin throw on the Red, if he gets regular game time, with Rooney by his side, and isn’t just Wazza’s understudy. Despite Louis stating that he doesn’t need a striker, the odds of 1/2 have given me hope.

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10 Comments

  1. Van Gaal has been most childish in his approach to sign Defenders and Strikers. It is is self centered attitude that is going to make the team struggle unless something happens in the next 36 hours

    Does MU have the likes of Mane or Gomis.He fails to understand this

    Charile Austin should be the most urgent target and there is no time to bargain childishly

  2. absolutely wazza was not ready for the game. he lose his aggressive fighting to kill the ball. so we need physically big front main striker as gomes did. of course, still we need wazza up front.yeaterday, van gaal and wazxa not only killed the team but also killed the fan. so we need Maryial and Austin as suggested partially

  3. Man utd will only struggle this season because of Van Gaal’s ego. I can’t comprehend how we just missed out on Pedro. If we don’t sign a proven striker within 14 hrs then we should forget any meaningful competition this season. Please sign Charlie Austin. He is currently the only realistic option.Rooney will never make it alone.

    • I completely agree with you.

      United desperately need a proven goal scorer. Martial is a fantastic talent, one of the top prospects in world football, but he’s not ready yet.

      Unless van Gaal plans on putting Martial up top with Rooney then United need a new striker.

      Worst that could happen is if Martial will just be used as a stand in for Rooney, if he gets tired or injured.

      Any striker that is signed needs Rooney to play alongside them. Not only will it benefit their scoring but Rooney’s would get started again.

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  4. Charlie Austin is the only realistic striking target who can be solution to manchester United’s striking crisis

  5. Yes! All of you are right, we need some 1 like Charlie austine just that Van Gal is a self centred human who always claim to know and knows nothing because he can’t provide remedy for man U rather he worse the situation always and always.

  6. we need best striker along with rooney ,please lvg sign like Antoniograthman,zalatan,lendowansky,charli Austin one of them pease,please,please ,please

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