The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have begun to warm their start striker Romelu Lukaku in recent weeks, but that has not prevented them from expressing an interest in bolstering their attacking options at the end of the season.
Pep Guardiola has proven that it is possible to manage the egos and expectations of two top quality strikers during his time at the club so far. The prospect of managing both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus is clearly a mouth-watering prospect, but it has provided Guardiola with one of his greatest challenges in Manchester so far.
Injuries to both players have ensured that City’s manager has never faced a situation whereby one of his strikers is notably disillusioned with a lack of first-team opportunities. The Citizens representation in multiple competitions certainly eases the burden of keeping both players happy, and in theory, the presence of two strikers should ideally ensure that neither player will burnout before the season reaches its conclusion.
This is a problem which Mourinho is yet to face as manager of Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku stands out as the clubs first-choice striker ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is currently injured, and ahead of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial who prefer to play in an inside-left role.
However, if United want to challenge Manchester City next season, Mourinho should take on the challenge of managing two top strikers by signing Robert Lewandowski (valued at £72 million by Transfermarkt) from Bayern Munich at the end of the season. According to Bleacher Report, the Polish international is looking to engineer a move away from the Allianz in the summer, and he has already made strides in this regard by appointing Pini Zahavi as his agent.
The report also claims that Chelsea and Real Madrid are leading the chase to secure his signature, but that should not deter Manchester United from making a bid next summer, as Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League would certainly leave their aspirations of signing him in tatters. United’s place in Europe’s elite competition next season is far from guaranteed, but they are in a significantly more advantageous position than Chelsea as the season moves towards a defining period.
United’s title-bid fizzled out with barely a whimper this season as Manchester City left the rest of the chasing pack in a cloud of dust at the summit of the top-flight, and Mourinho will want to ensure there is no repeat of the scale of blue dominance he has witnessed this season during the next campaign. If United want to become competitive with their rivals next season, they will need to add another quality centre-forward to their squad, so the signing of Lewandowski should be something of a priority for the hierarchy at Old Trafford this summer.