Zlatan suffered that terrible injury in April and it now looks as if his time at Manchester United is over. But who will replace the big Swede? United desperately need a reliable, experienced goal scorer, or two. Missed chances have cost the team too often in the past season and the club look even blunter in attack with Zlatan out injured. They desperately need external solutions this summer, and in this article I take a look at three potential replacements.
1 – Antoine Griezmann
League appearances: 34. Goals: 16. Assists: 7.
The big money signing the world is almost expecting United to make this summer is Griezmann. With a reported £80million+ release clause, it looks as if United will come close to breaking the transfer record they themselves broke to sign Pogba last summer. Griezmann is of very different ilk to Lukaku, and if he were to lead the line for United it would force a stylistic change from United and Mourinho.Or could Mourinho see Griezmann as a wide forward and also look to bring in another centre forward, who is experienced in the Premier League and can lead a line on his own? In Atletico, Griezmann is often deployed in a two man attack, it’s unlikely that Mourinho would want to change to this system, having invested so heavily in midfielders last summer.