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Man Utd legend Roy Keane wants to see Old Trafford chiefs sign Harry Kane from Tottenham
Manchester United are stuck in a rut but former captain Roy Keane believes he’s identified the man to get them out of it – Harry Kane.
However, it’s up for debate as to whether Kane is the answer to United’s problems. And, even then, there remains the question – could United sign him?
Keane’s verdict set tongues wagging and the Express Sport team are on hand to consider whether he’s a good option for United and the chances of a move happening.
But that is wishful thinking from Roy Keane.
These are not the days of Dimitar Berbatov. Daniel Levy would have plenty to say if Manchester United try to cherry-pick the star player from their rivals in 2008.
And why would Harry Kane want to go?
Until the rest of the side is sorted out, the best he could hope to do is lift them back into Champions League contention. Kane wants to win things.
The sad fact is that such has been the demise of United under Ed Woodward’s tenure that what was formerly the biggest club in the world is no longer even enough to match the 26-year-old’s ambitions.
Roy Keane urged Man Utd to go out and sign Harry Kane following the draw with Liverpool on Sunday
Roy Keane hit the nail on the head saying the solution to Manchester United‘s striking problem is Harry Kane.
He is right. Indeed it is hard to think of a better fit for the club than the England skipper.
But if United are to get him they would almost certainly have to wait until next summer meaning they will also need a stop-gap measure in January.
Slotted in between Marcus Rashford and Daniel James as part of a three-man attack Kane could singlehandedly transform the club’s fortunes.
Anthony Martial is certainly not the answer to any meaningful question about a centre forward and the feeling remains that he feels lukewarm about the job and club at best.
Kane would be expensive – think in excess of £100m – but if he could bring 20 goals a season he would be priceless.
Harry Kane has scored five goals in nine Premier League appearances for Tottenham this season
Harry Kane would be a brilliant signing for Manchester United and would immediately give them one of the world’s leading strikers.
Right now moving from Tottenham to United would be a step down for Kane but things could develop in an interesting way this season.
Spurs are going through a tricky period and if the likes of Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld leave, Kane may look at his options.
It is tough to see him choosing United though if he looked to leave Tottenham with several other top European clubs no doubt interested in the one of the world’s best hitmen.
Roy Keane needs a dose of the harsh truth he’s always trying to dole out if he thinks Manchester United could sign Harry Kane.
Yes, the Tottenham talisman would represent a huge upgrade on their existing options and provide a focal point in attack.
However, there’s no real prospect of arguably the world’s best striker now leaving Spurs to head to Manchester.
United’s descent down the table has come as Tottenham have established themselves as contenders – even if they’ve dropped off this season.
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could do with Harry Kane’s goalscoring prowess at Old Trafford
Manchester United must go all out and buy Harry Kane at all costs.
Spurs are nosediving under Mauricio Pochettino and Kane needs to get out before it is too late.
Kane’s arrival at United would all but end Marcus Rashford’s chances of nailing down the No 9 spot but he is better from the left anyway.
Even if he cost £200m, Kane would be a worthwhile signing for United and help spearhead their return to competing for major honours.
Harry Kane has previously been tipped to leave Tottenham by former pros to win trophies
Tottenham would be very reluctant to let Harry Kane go to a Premier League rival and that means Manchester United would have to splash the cash again, just like they did with Harry Maguire in the summer.
But Kane is not a miracle worker so even if he does end up at Old Trafford United will not be guaranteed goals or an end to the on-and-off misery they have been experiencing since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
The England international will still need some quality team-mates around him to get him the ball and put him in a position for goal just like he does at Tottenham with Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen Dele Alli and more.
The star striker would be a great addition for the Red Devils but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or whoever is in charge, still have a lot of other issues to figure out especially if Paul Pogba ends up leaving in the near future.
Pogba is the only player I can think of that would have a great chemistry with Kane but even that is not enough.
It’s hard to completely disagree with Roy Keane’s pitch, but this sort of transfer or plan is in no way simple.
It certainly wouldn’t hurt to add a proven finisher to United’s starting line-up, but the real problem is the midfield.
There’s no creativity in the United squad at the moment. There’s no point in splashing out on a top-class striker if he’s never going to be given the ball.
Instead, Solskjaer and Ed Woodward need to focus on fixing the gaps in the midfield. That doesn’t mean going out and spending £100m on one central midfielder, either.
They need to spread out that money across a number of different players in order to improve the overall quality of the squad.
Tottenham hotshot Harry Kane has scored 130 Premier League goals through the course of his career
Any proven striker at the minute would be the right fit for Manchester United – and they don’t come much better than Harry Kane.
He knows the Premier League and has already experienced the biggest matches.
It’s a no brainier for United to go for him.
It’s all very well spending £80m on a centre-back, but you’re not going to win games without scoring goals.
Although the England captain is probably going to have to leave north London in order to win some silverware, which I don’t think is out of the question in the summer, he has too much respect for the fans to join a Premier League rival.
Despite United’s spending power and Spurs’ being willing to sell their star players for the right price, I don’t think the move would be in the best interests of either.
The Red Devils have good young striking options in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, and should be concentrating on their lack of presence in midfield.
In regards to the future of Kane, I think he would be best suited to a stint in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.
The striker is five years younger than their current No. 9 Robert Lewandowski, and without the pressure of having to drop in and create chances for others, I could see Kane regularly scoring 40 goals a season.
Bayern would offer Kane a more realistic chance of achieving European success, despite Spurs reaching the final last season, and a pretty much guaranteed league title.