Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is the right player to become the club’s next first choice striker.
United are attempting to seal a place in the Premier League‘s top four ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion, and need to win their final three games to ensure they finish ahead of both and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Goalscoring has been a challenge for Erik ten Hag’s United for the duration of the season, with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in November and struggling to put Anthony Martial on the pitch due to fitness and injury problems. Wout Weghorst was signed on loan in January, but has only scored twice since joining.
Neither of those goals have come in the league though, and United have only mustered 51 goals in 35 games – the number well below the teams around them.
Speaking exclusively to 90min on behalf of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Berbatov insisted that United need to get their next acquisition right at centre forward, and makes Nigerian striker Osimhen his top choice ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
“Someone who can bring goals [is what United need]. Obviously the job of the striker nowadays has changed a little bit, but the main thing remains – strikers need to score goals,” Berbatov said.
“[Wout] Weghorst, he’s doing fantastic in the defensive type of work, running his socks off, chasing people, making tackles inside the box, defending from the front. But he doesn’t score goals and people are judging him on that.
“When United buy a striker, he needs to be someone that you say ‘this is the guy who is going to give you 20-plus goals’.
“I think that striker can be Victor Osimhen from Napoli. I think he’s fantastic – from the way he’s scoring, to how he’s scoring and the speed he has. If United are going for striking options, the first name on my list will be Osimhen.”
90min understands that Osimhen and Kane feature on a shortlist of United‘s primary options for the summer, though the club are still weighing up whether to sign a cheaper, alternative option with potential to develop into the finished product under Ten Hag’s coaching. Decisions have…