Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WHO CAN STRIKE FEAR INTO UNITED'S RIVALS? ; with Van Gaal's Forward Line Stuttering, We Look at the Players Who Can Add Firepower

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WHO CAN STRIKE FEAR INTO UNITED'S RIVALS? ; with Van Gaal's Forward Line Stuttering, We Look at the Players Who Can Add Firepower

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UNITED'S strike department is heading for a major revamp this summer.

Reputation-wise Louis van Gaal's senior attack-attacking unit has a dangerous look about it.

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao with rookie teenager James Wilson as a back up.

But the on paper threat hasn't truly materialised. Rooney has been restored to the front line and proved that is where he should remain until his twilight years.

But Falcao's mis ring Old Tra-ord loan has been well-documented and the Colombian - with a previous goal return to die for - will sever his brief stay at the end of the season.

e 2013 Golden Boot winner Van Persie sadly looks in decline and at 32 in August maybe he's on the brink of being over the hill. Injuries have also piled up to damage his argument to still be a regular hitman.

And if the Reds are to return to the Champions League next term then Wilson will have to serve his apprenticeship in dead rubber group games before he can be called the real deal.

It adds up to a section of Van Gaal's squad that has the look of much-needed surgery about it.

So who would tick the boxes in United's striker hunt? Edinson Cavani Club: Paris St Germain Age: 28 Value: Pounds 30m EIGHT Champions League appearances this season and a six-goal return ensures he has the Euro know-how that would give the Reds an edge. Prolific figures everywhere he has been - in Italy with Palermo and Napoli and PSG and internationally for Uruguay.

He cost the French club a record Pounds 55m in France when he signed in 2013 but now they could be looking to off-load him for less due to UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

Karim Benzema Club: Real Madrid Age: 27 Value: Pounds 35m SIR Alex Ferguson was desperate to land the big, powerful goalscorer in 2009 but the French striker chose Real Madrid instead and has scored 131 goals in 178 appearances for the Spaniards. …

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