Manchester United have struggled in front of goal this season.
Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have started his Manchester United career in blistering fashion, the Swedish striker has now failed to find the net in each of his last six Premier League games.
This has brought a great deal of criticism, and some fans have even begun to call on Mourinho to re-instate Wayne Rooney as United’s primary centre forward.
That said, Ibrahimovic now missed big chances vs Liverpool, Chelsea, City and Burnley. Can’t be allowed to go on just because he’s Zlatan.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) October 29, 2016
Said when we signed Ibrahimovic he was past it PSG was easy street he has missed so many sitters & Rooney is sat on his arse #niceoneJose
— Ian Kimberlin (@iankimbers) October 29, 2016
However, given the fact that Rooney has failed to impress on a consistent basis during the last 12 months, few believe the 31 year-old is the answer to United’s long term problems.
With the January transfer window fast approaching, this raises an issue for United. While many expect Mourinho to make further additions to his squad, most of the targets so far linked with a move to Old Trafford have been defenders.
Therefore, it doesn’t seem as if either United or Mourinho had planned on forking out for a striker. However that strategy appears to be changing, after the Express linked the club with a £40 million move for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele.
The French striker has impressed this season, scoring 15 goals in all competitions, and winning praise from none other than Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
I have played with great strikers like Ronaldo, Henry and Raul, and you knew on the biggest occasions they would win you games. Dembele is already showing that.
I understand the biggest clubs in Europe being linked with him and that will be his destination eventually. But he can still progress well at Celtic, who are in Europe.
Such a transfer fee may seem extortionate, but as the Express have reported that Real are willing to buy Dembele before loaning him back to Celtic, United might have to see off the interest of the Spanish club to land their man.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena