‘Manchester United want a striker like Firmino or Son’: Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will target ‘mobile’ forward rather than someone like ‘Romelu Lukaku or Diego Costa’
- Manchester United are keen to sign a striker in the January transfer window
- But Gary Neville does not think they will be trying to bring in a typical No 9
- Instead, he believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants someone who is more mobile
Manchester United will look to sign a striker like ‘Roberto Firmino or Son Heung-min’, according to Gary Neville.
United decided to let Romelu Lukaku leave in the summer without bringing in a replacement, although they are expected to snap a striker up in the January transfer window.
Manchester United will look to sign a striker like ‘Roberto Firmino’, according to Gary Neville
United decided to let Romelu Lukaku leave in the summer without bringing in a replacement
Neville told Sky Sports: ‘I look at Firmino when he first came to England, I look at [Mohamed] Salah when he was first at Chelsea, I look at [Sadio] Mane. Sometimes players have to develop into what they are going to become.
‘I think United want a striker like Firmino, like Son at Tottenham. I think [Solskjaer] wants that type of player.
‘I don’t think he wants a typical striker who is basically going to be a Lukaku or a Costa.
‘I don’t think he’s looking for that type. I think he’s looking for a more mobile type in a front three or a front two.
‘I think this club has always had strikers who can play in pairs, who contribute off the ball.
Neville believes United will not target a Diego Costa equivalent either in the January window
‘I’ll make a point about Ruud van Nistelrooy. We won less championships with him at centre-forward than when we brought Louis Saha in to partner Wayne Rooney.
‘He was nowhere near as good a finisher as Ruud or as good a striker as Ruud, but the team became better.
‘And that’s my point, I don’t think Ole wants a striker like that; I think he wants a mobile striker.’
Neville flagged up how Liverpool jettisoned Christian Benteke after Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in favour of Firmino.
Neville suggested: ‘I don’t think Ole wants a striker like that; I think he wants a mobile striker’
‘He just chucked him out the club because he didn’t suit his style of play,’ Neville added.
‘Ole’s done the same with Lukaku, and Lukaku is a far better player than Benteke.
‘Ole is not going to sign a striker just because he scores goals, because Lukaku would have done that.’
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