Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reds' Forward Thinking Could Include Mason

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reds' Forward Thinking Could Include Mason

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UNITED'S transfer tactic when they were looking to re-establish themselves as the Premier League's major force was usually to sign a striker.

It happened in 2001 with Ruud van Nistelrooy as Sir Alex Ferguson was searching to clinch a third successive league title for the first time.

It happened again in 2008 when the Reds were seeking to maintain their stranglehold over a Roman Abramovich-funded Chelsea. And it happened, memorably, when Ferguson snatched Robin van Persie from under the noses of title rivals City to help seal a 13th - his final - league title, largely thanks to the Dutchman's goals.

There are other examples: Andy Cole, Dimitar Berbatov and the current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all won the Premier League in their first full seasons at Old Trafford.

Cole himself has spoken in the media about why Solskjaer must prioritise the signing of a striker this summer.

"Manchester United have always been a club that will buy centre-forwards," he said.

"That's the tradition of the club. I can't see that changing.

"Because they've already spent big money on centre-forwards. Will they add another one? Most probably they will. Because to win the championship, to win anything, you need to score goals and you need as many goals you can get in the team.

"So it wouldn't surprise me if they bought another centre forward."

Romelu Lukaku's potential departure to Inter Milan will make those calls for Solskjaer to delve into the striker market this summer even louder. There's a sense that United must replace the Belgian if he is sold.

They would certainly receive a decent chunk of money, between the £70m and £80m mark, which fans would demand be reinvested into the team.

Manchester have always that will buy That's the the Andy UNITED's priorities, however, may lie elsewhere. That may sound strange given that Lukaku and his fellow forwards, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez, failed to muster a goal between them in the final nine games of the season - plus the fact Sanchez is another potential departure this summer. …

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