Do Manchester United need another striker this summer?

With only a couple of months left in the season, the speculation has already started about who Manchester United are going to sign in the summer.

There is plenty of talk about Mourinho hoping to bring in a new striker to add to a strike force that really only contains Romelu Lukaku. But do the Reds actually need to sign another forward?

In recent weeks, there has been plenty of talk linking the reds with top European strikers such as Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, and Bayern Munich’s goal machine, Robert Lewandowski. However, players of this calibre will demand a pretty handsome fee, and are not the type of players who will move to a club to play second-fiddle, which they are likely to be.

There are also ready-made replacements waiting in the wings were Lukaku to be injured or need a rest. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still a player, who although has been injured this season, can offer a lot going forward were he to stay past this summer, something which Jose Mourinho has suggested would not be the case. As well as the Swede, Marcus Rashford is a player who was thrust into the limelight as a number 9 and thrived there in his first few games for the reds.

If Mourinho brought another striker into the squad, it would mean players such as Rashford and Anthony Martial may well be pushed out of the club. They are players who demand regular football even at such a young age. It might be something that could benefit Rashford, he could go on loan, gaining regular first-team football and valuable experience.

But a player like Martial, once dubbed the new Thierry Henry, could ply his trade at any top club in Europe. He began his United career as a number 9 but was slowly pushed out to the left-wing, where at times he has struggled to stamp his authority on the game. Other top clubs in Europe wouldn’t hesitate to play the 22-year-old down the middle and he could turn into one of the best strikers in Europe.

As well as Martial and Rashford, Romelu Lukaku may very well find himself on the bench at Old Trafford were another striker to come in, and that comes a year after he was brought in for a staggering fee from Everton.

The 24-year-old, Lukaku has been in fine form these past few weeks, the pinnacle of his performances coming in the recent 2-1 win against his former club Chelsea, where he put in a man of the match display. He is finally starting to establish himself as a United player, and will only get better as his career progresses.

You can understand why the United boss wants to bring in another centre-forward to the club, to add competition and fire-power that may well take the reds back to the top of English football. The rotation of top-class strikers with big egos is something that needs to be managed well, but it is something that has worked in the past, just look at United’s treble-winning season, where Sir Alex Ferguson had four recognised strikers in his squad and that did no harm.

Of course, the competition will be healthy and will give United more fire-power in the League and in Europe, but it could come as a cost to the development of younger players at Old Trafford, something which the club’s foundations are built on.

Mourinho already has players that can play at number 9 and these players deserve a chance, so why outlay a probable British record fee for a player, when you’ve got such talent already at your disposal.

Written by Dan Pearce

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