With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having left Old Trafford when his contract ran out last week, how Manchester United’s frontline could look next year is anyone’s guess.
It’s hard to imagine Jose Mourinho trusting 19-year-old Marcus Rashford to lead the line all season, so too with 21-year-old Anthony Martial. It’s become abundantly clear, meanwhile, that Wayne Rooney is no longer good enough to play any part at the club and will surely be leaving United before the season gets underway.
Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata seems to be the primary candidate to be brought in with potential deals for Harry Kane or Kylian Mbappe likely to prove too difficult. Sky Sports have this afternoon provided an update on both Morata’s potential arrival as well as Rooney’s soon-to-be-decided future.
On the issue of signing the Spaniard, their reporter James Cooper writes:
“That’s something he’d like to do this week. United are back in training on Saturday and go to the United States on Sunday, so Jose Mourinho would ideally like to have players in for that.”
On the Rooney front, the update isn’t so positive for those United fans that were hoping for a swift exit for the club captain. According to Cooper, the club is not in a position to let the Merseysider return to Everton as Mourinho feels he’s lacking cover in forward areas. So until Morata arrives, Rooney has to stay put.
Ironically, as the report also points out, Los Blancos are not prepared to sell Morata until they’ve found a suitable replacement.
Mourinho had initially wanted most of his deals done by this weekend when they jet off to the US but the week of their UEFA Super Cup final on August 8th may now be a more realistic deadline. Considering the Special One’s relationship with the Community Shield, he’s sure to treat that clash with Madrid as a shot at a major trophy and will be naming his first-choice eleven.